New book exploring the phenomenon of Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

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Kind Of A Big Deal: How Anchorman Stayed Classy And Becamse The Most Iconic Comedy of the 21st Century heads to UK bookstores this month.

It didn’t do great guns at the box office on its original release, but the 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy didn’t take long to find a much bigger audience when it landed on DVD (not least because it had an unusual extra feature on the disc: an extra movie, edited together from the otherwise unused footage).

Notwithstanding a disappointing official sequel, Anchorman has thoroughly endured, and its impact is now the subject of a new book from author Saul Austerlitz. He’s conducted new interviews with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell for Kind Of A Big Deal: How Anchorman Stayed Classy And Becamse The Most Iconic Comedy of the 21st Century.

Published in the UK by Dutton, the book is set for release over here on 22nd August. It’s available to order now, and you can find more information on it here.

We’ll leave you for the minute with the synopsis for it…

Named one of the best comedies of all times by Bravo, Time Out, and Empire, and one of the most quotable films of all time by Esquire,, and Yardbarker, Anchorman is arguably the most popular comedy of the last twenty years. In Kind of a Big Deal, author and comedy historian Saul Austerlitz explores the making of the movie, its status as a legendary comedy.

 Kind of a Big Deal will be both a narrative history of how Anchorman was developed, written, and cast, and how it launched the careers of future superstars like Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, and Paul Rudd, also setting the stage for a whole decade of comedy to come and influencing films like The Forty-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Knocked Up, Superbad, and so many more. It’s also a cultural analysis of the film’s significance as a sly commentary on feminism, the media, fragile masculinity, 1970s nostalgia, and more.

Featuring brand-new interviews with stars such as Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay, the book will feature both the insider commentary and updated, intelligent commentary that pop culture readers love. And it will also be published just in time for the film’s 20th anniversary, a date that will definitely resonate with both publicity outlets and readers.

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