Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ron Burgundy announces Anchorman sequel

ArtsBeat reports: In a surprise appearance on last night's broadcast of Conan, Will Ferrell donned the 1970s period garb (and mustache) of the titular newscaster he portrayed in the hit 2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, to announce that he will be making a follow-up to that film.

After indulging in a lengthy flute solo and tossing a few insults at the host, Conan O’Brien, Mr. Ferrell — or is that Mr. Burgundy? — said: “As of 0900 hours Mountain Time, Paramount Pictures and myself, Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy, have come to terms on a sequel to ‘Anchorman.’ It is official, there will be a sequel to ‘Anchorman.’”

No other details on the project were immediately available, but the original Anchorman film, written by Mr. Ferrell and Adam McKay and directed by Mr. McKay, played a crucial role in establishing Mr. Ferrell as a credible movie star after he left Saturday Night Live.

Released by DreamWorks, it grossed more than $85 million in the United States and helped introduce catchphrases like “You stay classy, San Diego” and “I love lamp” into the pop-cultural lexicon while paving the way for Mr. Ferrell’s future hits like Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Blades of Glory.

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