‘Ron Burgundy’ stops by Conan to play the jazz flute, and announce that the sought after Anchorman sequel is a go
Will Ferrell, er, ‘Ron Burgundy’ stopped by Conan tonight to insult the lanky, red-headed host, and dropped a breaking news bulletin that the very-much-sought-after sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, is indeed a go. In the clip below, which was leaked hours before the talk show’s airing, the well-groomed newsman came out playing a little jazz flute, mocked Conan’s personal appearance, praised sidekick Andy Richter’s mojo, and dropped the sequel nugget that made fans and Facebook all aflutter.
While appearing solo and with no mention of the rest of the cast, Deadline.com announced earlier that the film was on, and will be returning stars Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and David Koechner, to round out the supporting cast. No word on whether Christina Applegate will return as love interest ‘Veronica Corningstone’, but details are still few, and if proper sequel etiquette stays in tact, there will probably be a new leading lady to capture ‘Burgundy’s’ heart.
Now, what will the film be like? Again, no word yet, but a 2011 article quoted Ferrell as saying executives at Paramount were “being idiots” for passing on the idea of shooting a sequel, and if there’s any truth to the rumor that the new film was to be set on a moon base in space, I kinda don’t blame the studio. However, it begs the question, what movie sequel formula will the new ‘Anchorman’ follow? Here’s a suggested list:
-Take it where the last movie left off, and set it in the high-powered 80′s
-Set it in the NOW, and call it ‘Grumpy Old Anchormen’
-Pull an Austin Powers 2 and add a time-travel element
-Pull a Caddyshack 2 and have the news team open up a miniature golf course
-Pull a ‘Baywatch Nights’ and have the news team open up a paranormal detective agency
-Or, (sigh)….set the whole thing in space
Whatever they do, they probably shouldn’t mess with the formula too much. People loved the characters because of the element we found them in, and the whole movie was basically a rip on the gloriously gaudy decade of the 70′s (Ron Burgundy making ‘rich mahogany’ jokes in any other setting just wouldn’t feel as apropos). So, my suggestion, set it in the 80′s, push the sleeves up on your blazers, and have fresh take on a new decade that is just rife with comedy/parody. Only time will tell, but until then, stay classy Moon Base Number 4 (see, that just doesn’t sound right!….).