American audiences will soon get to experience a new "Frankenstein version" of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues thanks to a special one-week cinema run of an R-rated cut of the movie. Starting next Friday, February 28th, a thousand theaters across the country will show the lewder, longer Anchorman 2, which director Adam McKay compares to the work of Mary Shelley's infamous Swiss scientist. In speaking with The New York Times, McKay concedes that the super-sized R-rated Anchorman isn't his favorite edit of the movie — that would be the PG-13 version that's already been released — but he still anticipates people will enjoy seeing the alternate.
"Every single joke" has apparently been replaced, with a total count of 763 new gags for viewers to enjoy. In an interview in December, McKay discussed the idea for this recut, but at the time he only had 350 new jokes. Now suitably inflated in both runtime and profanity, the comedy is set for a one-week run in cinemas before being made available on DVD and Blu-ray, alongside the original version, on April 1st.