(AFP) Hollywood hit comedy “Anchorman 2” is back. Just two months after its release, it’s been stripped of jokes and given 753 new ones and is coming to a cinema near you.
In a possible first in cinema history, the comedy starring Will Ferrell as screwball newsman Ron Burgundy is getting a brand-new facelift and goes on general release for one week only.
“They’re doing something that they have never done before,” comedy star Ferrell told Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.”
“For one week only, February 28, we have a brand new version with 753 jokes, brand new jokes,” he added.
The original film stretched to four hours and producers first played with the idea of splitting it into two movies, but that didn’t really work, Ferrell said.
“We just had a second editor working the whole time with alternative jokes so it’s the same movie, it’s 20 minutes longer.
“There is a musical number we had to cut from the original one, little treats like that, and it’ll be out for a week,” he said.
“Anchorman 2,” the heavily-marketed sequel to the popular comedy about screwball Burgundy has grossed more than $125 million at the box office since its US release on December 18.