Newswire: The original draft of Anchorman had a lot more murderous apes
These days, Anchorman is held up as a classic of a particular brand of absurd-but-quotable comedy, the first film—along with Old School—to really cement Will Ferrell as a capital M Movie Star, rather than just another funny guy from SNL. Back in the day, though, it was much less of a sure thing, facing rejection after rejection from studios that laughed in the room, and then declared “It’ll never work.” Of course, that perception probably wasn’t helped by the film’s original draft, which was even weirder than what we eventually got.
This is per an interview Ferrell recently gave to The Ringer, where he revealed that the original version of Anchorman was written as a spoof of the 1993 cannibalism drama Alive, except with more orangutans armed with throwing stars:
The first version of Anchorman is basically the movie Alive, where the year is 1976 …