There are no confirmed plans to make a third “Anchorman” movie, but that does not mean that making a third movie is off the table. A few months after the release of “Anchorman 2”, director Adam McKay seemed to be done with the “Anchorman” franchise. When asked if a third film was on the horizon, McKay told Empire magazine (via Slashfilm), “It’s done. I think it’s it. It was great to do it, and it was so much fun working with these guys again, but I think it’s it for Ron Burgundy.” One month later, in April 2014, McKay took a more optimistic stance on the “Anchorman 3” options and tells TIME that he was “a little too harsh because the truth is, I really do not know.” “With these movies, you really do not know how they played until about two years after they come out, when people see them on repeat viewing. If ‘Anchorman 2’ gets that kind of second life, if three, four years from now people are starting to ask us that question a lot and there is an idea we would be open to it. “
Despite McKay’s more positive comments, he has made a focused career turning away from outrageous comedies like the “Anchorman” franchise and into a relatively stately fare, including the Oscar-winning drama “The Big Short” and the prestigious drama drama “Succession. ” And while “Anchorman 3” does not depend solely on McKay’s willingness to participate in any capacity, his commitment would certainly help get it moving much faster.