Anchorman 2 is official, and it was announced in the greatest way possible.
Last night on “Conan” Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, made the announcement that he and Paramount have reached an agreement to make a sequel to the 2004 hit comedy. It came complete with an amazing jazz flute solo introduction and exit and a few cheap shots from Burgundy to host Conan O’Brien.
"I want to announce this to everyone here in the Americas, to our friends in Spain, Turkey and the U.K. - 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."
The announcement was rumored all over the blogosphere just hours prior as O’Brien and Steve Carell tweeted about the announcement and to tune in.
Then the clip hit the internet just before the show and spread like wildfire on the internet, to much praise.
The sequel has been rumored for years, with all the main cast and director ready to go, even allegedly agreeing to pay cuts, but the studio had always balked, citing budget concerns. Paramount’s concern is valid when you consider the rerun cast would consist of Ferell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, all of which have a much heavier price tag than they did eight years ago. The same can be said for writer/direct Adam McKay.
According to statements now coming our from Paramount to other media outlets including Entertainment Weekly Carell and Rudd will definitely be coming back, though all others are still up in the air. Ferrell and Adam McKay will co-write the script, and McKay (who made the original) will be back to direct.
It’s a good night. You stay classy internet.