This just in – Action News anchor Ron Burgundy will be returning for a sequel to his 2004 movie comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Burgundy himself (aka Will Ferrell) made a surprise visit to Conan O’Brien’s US talk show last night to announce the news in person.
He appeared on stage performing a stunning improvised jazz flute intro. Then – pausing only briefly to insult O’Brien’s hair, dress sense and face, and to make some trademark lurid innuendos – Burgundy delivered his news bulletin:
“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 09:00 mountain time, Paramount Pictures and myself, Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy, have come to terms on a sequel to Anchorman,” he said.
“It is official,” he reiterated, “there will be a sequel to Anchorman! There will be a sequel!”
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy took a relatively modest (by Hollywood standards) $91 million at the worldwide box office but gained a cult following for its spoof of 70s-style American TV news journalism.
A sequel had been talked about for years but the speculation was that producers Paramount were wary of reuniting an expensive cast – which originally included Paul Rudd and Steve Carell – for a movie that might have a limited audience.