Rumor: Is Will Ferrell Bringing Anchorman Back?
Given today is a holiday, there's hardly any news. I've been scrounging the internet searching for anything worthwhile to report back on and have only found little bits of content. Film School Rejects posted an interesting article earlier about Will Ferrell bringing back Channel Four News Team member Ron Burgundy from Anchorman. The rumor actually comes from Ferrell who reportedly said that he is interested in bringing back the character to the big screen after he reprised the role in skits during the Funny or Die Tour for Semi-Pro. Considering how beloved Ron Burgundy is, it would certainly be awesome to see this happen.
A second confirmation on this possibility comes from the SXSW Film Festival producer Matt Dentler's blog on indieWIRE. He says during a report from the Austin, TX event that "Ferrell commented that as he's performed his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy on the tour, he's started to think up possible ideas for a potential sequel to that film." Not only am I excited as hell to see Semi-Pro, which looks as good as Anchorman, but I'm more than excited to hear that Burgundy could be coming back!
Despite what I said on Sunday about sequels being nothing but trouble in Hollywood, this one is one of the very few that sounds like it could be amazing. If you recall, Ferrell and company had such a good time filming Anchorman, that they put together another entire movie from the extra footage that was released as a companion to the DVD. Called Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, it featured a completely new 93 minute film that was compiled from dropped sub-plots and alternate takes. I never got the chance to see it, but if they had enough extra hilarious content to put together a complete "alternate film", I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to come up with another story for a sequel.
Not only is Anchorman one of my all-time favorite comedies, but, for me it at least, was one of the first big kick off films for the other three comedic actors Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner. While they've certainly been around long before 2004 when Anchorman hit, it seems like the careers of all three really took off after Anchorman made an $85 million splash at the domestic box office. Ferrell's upcoming schedule includes Step Brothers with John C. Reilly and Land of the Lost after that. I'm crossing my fingers seriously hoping in due time we will get an Anchorman sequel.