The re-cut version replaces nearly all of the jokes in the original film, which opened Dec. 18, with new jokes. Director Adam McKay, who wrote the script with star Will Ferrell, has promised that the new film is far raunchier.
“When my editor told me we had a whole different version of the movie that was more than two hours long with nearly 800 new jokes, I was shocked,” said McKay. “But when Paramount said they were actually going to put it in theaters, I did an 1950s spit take. If you’re a hardcore ‘Anchorman’ fan, go see this. If you’re not, stay very far away.”
“Anchorman 2” grossed $125 million and was still playing at 261 locations last weekend. It has taken in another $45 million internationally.
The news was first reported by the New York Times.