'Anchorman 2' Returns to Theaters for One Week With 763 New Jokes

Friday, 21 Feb 2014 05:07 PM

By Ken Mandel

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"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" returns to theaters for one week beginning Feb. 28 with tons of new jokes.

The slightly remade sequel of the 2004 hit "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" will be rated R this time and substitutes nearly every joke for a new one, with a grand total of 763 new jokes, Paramount Pictures said Friday, according to The Associated Press.

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"Every joke we did in the theatrical, we would shoot three or four alts (alternatives) to it," writer/director Adam McKay told Entertainment Weekly. "And in almost all of the cases, there was another really good choice."

The cast improvised much of the script during filming, and McKay discovered another version of the same story, which finds Will Farrell's Burgundy and the gang entering 24-hour-a-day cable news in the 1980s.

In a statement, McKay recommended the remade film for die-hard "Anchorman" fans, but said to "stay very far away" if you're not a big fan.

The movie, which also stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner, has grossed about $170 million worldwide since its December opening.

The new version is called, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Super-Sized R-Rated Version," or in Britain, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Continued."

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