I may be late to the party, but I really don’t care because this really is the greatest news to come out since…well ever. And by ever, I mean the last two weeks. Hilariously famous anchorman Ron Burgundy was handed urgent and inspiring news, and made the world stop whatever it was doing to deliver this message on Conan:
It is official: Anchorman 2 is happening. Paramount has finally green lit the sequel to the beloved 2004 cult comedy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. There has always been interest by the actors and the studio to produce a second film, however, Paramount was unwilling to give the project more than a $30 million budget. The first movie was produced with a $26 million budget featuring (at the time) up-and-coming star comedic actors such as Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell, who now earn much bigger paychecks than they did in 2004. Though the actors agreed to take paycuts back in 2010, Paramount was still unable to reach an agreement with writer/director Adam McKay and co-writer Ferrell. The project was believed to be dead two years ago, but all is well after Burgundy’s announcement yesterday on Conan O’Brien’s show, which received thunderous applause and cheering from the audience.
What can we expect from Anchorman 2? Will they stay in the 1970s or maybe fast-forward to the 80s? Only McKay and Ferrell know where Ron’s journey continues, and that’s fine with me. For those who worry about the sequel and wonder whether or not it will be funny, I list the films in which McKay and Ferrell share the screenplay credit: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers. The underrated and funny action comedy written and directed by McKay, The Other Guys, does not make the cut because Ferrell was not credited as a writer (though he did star in the movie). That’s a damn good resumé, and as long as McKay and Ferrell work on the sequel, then you can bet that it’s going to be awesome.
Details are scarce on Anchorman 2, but McKay will return to the director’s chair and co-write the film with star Will Ferrell. Other cast members returning for the sequel include Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner. What if Ron Burgundy got a job at ESPN? And who wouldn’t love to see John C. Reilly join the news team?