Cult comedy fans have something to rejoice about this morning—after years of Paramount Pictures stating it simply wouldn’t happen due to the low cost effectiveness of comedy sequels, Will Ferrell appeared on Conan on Wednesday night in character as Ron Burgandy. Why? To play a few flute solos, suggest host Conan O’Brien undergo plastic surgery after declaring him hideous, and then to announce that a little movie called Anchorman 2 is finally happening. Check out the video after the jump.
Paramount Pictures (the owners of the Anchorman property) had previously refused to green light an Anchorman sequel, due mostly to the fact that the making a comedy sequel is “almost impossible” because “they only work with big hits, which ‘drive everyone’s price up’ and make the film a huge financial risk.” Further, the $100 million price tag attached to the monumentally massive failure that was Will Ferrell’s Land of the Lost reboot probably didn’t instill Paramount with the necessary confidence.
However, the fact that we live in a post-Hangover 2 world in which comedy sequels can do massive business, and, accordingly Paramount has finally given Anchorman 2 the green light. Variety reports that the film with be directed by the same man who helmed the original, Adam McKay, and that Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner will all reprise their roles, making this the first (and probably only) time that something good came from the existence of Hangover 2. Stay classy, Paramount.
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Source: The AV Club