April 9, 2010

"Anchorman 2" Has Been Completed

There's been a lot of talk about a sequel to the 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Amazingly, amid all of the details, setbacks and scheduling conflicts, Steve Carell revealed that the sequel is not only green lit, but it's already finished production! (Check out the video above for details right from the horses mouth. Well, not a horse, Steve Carell.)

I wasn't a huge fan of the original film, though it certainly had it's moments, and those moments were so strong I was willing to forgive a lot of what I didn't like. Overall, I felt it was a little too "loose" in that in seemed like it was a series of scenes filled with improv and going off the script loosely strung together to tell a story. The highs are very high - there's some truly funny shit in the movie - but the lows make the entire thing lack the coheisveness of a solid movie. I felt this same issue, to a large extent, plauged Will Ferrell's next movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby as well. That being said, the Ron Burgundy character is quite funny, particularly to me because I work in the television industry and sadly have crossed paths with some self-absorbed clueless hair-and-teeth on-air types like the one Ferrell is lampooning. The sequel talks, which started shortly after the first movie came out; have always seemed to be offered up with tongue firmly in cheek whenever the cast is asked about the possibility of a sequel. A suggestion was made that the follow-up would see the San Diego Channel 4 News team in space; another idea floated fast-forwarded the story to the 1980's. As recently as last month, Will Ferrell lamented the difficultly in re-assembling the cast (the original film had Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, Fred Willard, Seth Rogen; the list goes on and on.) Ferrell said "I thought we were doing it. I was told it was happening and now I've heard it's going to be too hard to get everyone together." He went on to say (with tongue firmly in cheek) "We don't think we can make it as good. It would be really fun to do so we might just try to make the craziest sequel you've ever seen. It could be terrible, but if they're going to pay us to do it, then why not, right?"

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