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Anchorman Was Originally A Survival Movie

June 17, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with The Bill Simmons podcast, Will Ferrell spoke about the development process for 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and how it started out very different from the film we got. Here are highlights:

On what Anchorman almost was: “The first version of Anchorman is basically the movie Alive, where the year is 1976, and we are flying to Philadelphia to celebrate the Bicentennial, and also, all the newsmen from around the country are flying in from their affiliates to have some big convention.”

On how Ron gets in a crash: “Ron convinces the pilot that he knows how to fly the charter jet, and he immediately crash-lands it in the mountains. And it’s just the story of them surviving and trying to get off the mountainside. They clipped a cargo plane, and the cargo plane crashed as well, close to them, and it was carrying only boxes of orangutans and Chinese throwing stars. So throughout the movie we’re being stalked by orangutans who are killing, one by one, the team off with throwing stars.”

He also said that Ron and his team didn’t listen to Veronica Corningstone’s advice on how to get back to society. He said the tough development process made Anchorman his favorite of his films, saying it’s “the Cinderella story of the movie no one wanted to make.”

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