Will Ferrell Discusses Original, Deadlier Version of ‘Anchorman’

Nick Paschal
Supervising Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Will Ferrell recently revealed the original idea behind Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy in an interview with Bill Simmons. On Tuesday, Ferrell visited his old Saturday Night Live buddy Seth Meyers on Late Night and shared the bizarre idea.

Anchorman: The Legend of a Plane Crash

Ferrell told Meyers, “The first version was Adam McKay and I going crazy. The first version really is more like the movie Alive.” If you’re not familiar with that film, it’s based on the true story of a Uruguayan rugby team who were stranded on a mountain after a plane crash. Ferrell went on to describe the story, saying, “So we were flying on a chartered plane — Ron Burgundy, of course, convinces the pilot that he can fly too, and immediately crash-lands the plane into the side of a mountain.” Ferrell added that they flew into another plane that also crashed on the mountain, and it made the bear fight at the end of Anchorman look like child’s play. “The cargo on the other plane was just orangutans and boxes of Chinese throwing stars,” said Ferrell.

So the rest of the movie was about them trying to get off the mountain and avoid the orangutans, who were killing people with the Chinese throwing stars. But one thing about this version was the same: Veronica (Christina Applegate) was the smartest person of the bunch. Ferrell said, “And Veronica Corningstone is like, ‘If we just go down, we can get off the mountain.’ We were like, ‘You’re just a woman. You’re a dumb woman, what do you know?'”

Will Teases Anchorman 3

While it’s understandable why that movie was never made, it now sounds like a pretty fun idea. Even though it will probably never go into production, Ferrell teased everyone with an Anchorman trilogy when he joked, “That could be the third one.”

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