SlashFilm reports from the edit bay of Anchorman 2 where director Adam McKay and editor Brent White discuss the excessive amount of footage they shot and how they are actually cutting a second film out of it.
Explains McKay, "Brent was editor on the first Anchorman with me. I went into the editing room and he said, 'I think you’ve got a whole second movie here.' Brent actually cut the Wake Up, Ron Burgundy version [from the first film] where we then went back and put in voiceovers. This time I came to the editing room and I went, 'Well, Brent, do we have a second movie?' Brent goes, 'Actually, you don’t have a second movie, but you have a whole other movie with all-new jokes.' I go, 'What do you mean?' He goes, 'You can replace every single joke with a different one.' They’re all quality alts. That was crazy and, sure enough, we’re doing it right now, think we’re at [240 alt jokes]…The question is, does Paramount release that in the theaters? Is it midnight screenings or just VOD and DVD?….Even if they only did it on like 200 screens or something. Just to see it play. We’re going to actually test it. We’re talking about putting it in front of a crowd. The advantage you get in that these jokes don’t have to pass by an audience is that you get some stranger jokes."
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