NEWS TEAM…ASSEMBLE! (again)
Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team are back! I LOVE LAMP!!!!!!!!!!
“I want to announce this to everyone here in the Americas, to our friends in Spain, Turkey, and the UK, including England, that as of 0900 mountain time, Paramount Pictures and myself, Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy, have come to terms on a sequel to Anchorman.”
That’s right! Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team are rolling back into town.
Hot off the heels of his latest comedy, Casa de mi Padre, Will Ferrell announced last night, in an impromptu flute-playing performance on the Conan Show, that work has FINALLY begun on writing a sequel to the legendary and most highly quoted comedy of the decade, Anchorman.
For those of you in the Dark Ages, Anchorman is the hit 2004 comedy following the lives of a fictional news team in 70’s San Diego, starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner. The years following should have been called the Anchorman Years as, no matter where you went, people could be heard quoting some outrageous line from the film’s various wacky characters, such as, “What? You pooped in the refrigerator? And you ate the whole… wheel of cheese? How’d you do that? Heck, I’m not even mad; that’s amazing.” Or, “I don’t know how to put this but I’m kind of a big deal. People know me. I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.”
In character, and correctly attired in a killer burgundy suit, Ferrell took to the stage with an impressive (albeit faked) flute performance before going on to criticise Conan for his appearance, insisting that he should, “Fire your hair lady, fire your makeup lady, fire your gay wardrobe man, and just go under the knife… it’s just a Page 1 rewrite!”
After announcing the news, Ferrell then exited whilst playing another flute piece with the backing of the in-house band to a huge cheer from the audience.
Although talk of a sequel have long been on the cards, I hope that following Ferrell’s latest offering, Casa de mi Padre, widely accepted as a flop, earning just over $4m in box office takings with an overall budget of $6m, the Channel 4 News Team hit our screens in a second instalment, worthy of the original laugh-out-loud comedy that was Anchorman, and that Anchorman 2 isn’t just an act of desperation to claw back some of the money lost from Casa de mi Padre.
Director Adam McKay, producer Judd Apatow, and co-stars Paul Rudd and Steve Carell are all expected to return for the sequel and McKay last night posted on his Twitter, @GhostPanther, that writing has begun and shooting will begin in February 2013.