Will Ferrell, dressed as the mustachioed newsman Ron Burgundy, made a surprise appearance on “Conan” Wednesday night to make dirty jokes, play the flute and tell O’Brien he looks awful. (“You look like someone put a bright red fright wig on a skeleton and chucked it out of a helicopter.”)
Oh — he also announced that a sequel to “Anchorman” is in the works.
Few details are available. But, according to the Associated Press, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell are expected to return, as are director Adam McKay and producer Judd Apatow. Deadline reports that David Koechner is also on board.
“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” starred Ferrell as the uber-confident leader of the Action 4 News Team, whose world is turned upside down by lady journalist Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). There are loves scenes, a fight sequence and one dog-getting-kicked-off-a-bridge moment. The Post’s Stephen Hunter summed the 2004 film up thusly: “You will laugh. Then you will laugh some more. Then you will laugh still again.”
One of “Anchorman’s” greatest strengths is its highly quotable dialogue (“I love lamp”), so it should come as no surprise that Twitter is right now overflowing with the film’s lines.
Ferrell and McKay have been talking about a sequel to the comedy since at least 2008. Considering how much time has gone by, it’s a credit to how great the original film is that so many people are still excited by this news.
Desson Thomson touched on this in his 2004 review of “Anchorman” for the Post: “‘Anchorman’ does leave you with a strong asset: Ferrell is a charming character you want to see again. Ron is funnier and more appealing than the story he’s in. And in a strange way, the movie sets itself up (à la ‘Austin Powers’) with the possibility of a sequel that could outdo the original. There’s a future in all this. Maybe.”
Eight years later, the sequel’s finally a reality.
Watch “Ron Burgundy’s” appearance on “Conan” below. Caution: The clip has some NSFW language.