It’s no secret that Will Ferrell, writer/director Adam McKay and many of the folks behind Anchorman worked extremely hard behind-the-scenes to get a sequel to the awesomely funny Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy greenlighted. However, many people were disappointed when Paramount basically nipped the project in the bud two years ago. Comedies generally don’t do well financially outside of their home markets so it was hard for the studio to justify a big budget, given that everyone on the cast had become huge stars in their own rights since the first movie.
Well… people of the world, rejoice! Yesterday evening, Ron Burgundy himself appeared on Conan and after much antics, announced that Paramount had just greenlighted the sequel, with Judd Apatow producing and Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd returning to the cast. There is no word yet on whether David Koechner, Christina Applegate and Fred Willard will also return but let’s hope so. McKay will return to write and direct the film, which will begin production in February 2013.
I’m beyond thrilled that the sequel is finally moving forward. Anchorman is one of my favorite comedies of all-time and I can’t wait to see what they come up with this time. There were also word recently that Ferrell and McKay were planning a sequel to Step Brothers so let’s keep our fingers crossed for that.
Watch Ferrell’s appearance on Conan (via Team Coco)