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‘Anchorman 2’: You name the much anticipated Ron Burgundy sequel

As previously noted in this blog and in every corner of the Internet, Ron Burgundy/Will Ferrell confirmed on last night’s “Conan” that the long-hoped-for “Anchorman” sequel is a go.

The online reaction to this news can best be summarized via this photo:


Now that we know “Anchorman 2” is happening, there are obvious follow-up questions that need to be answered. Like, will the next chapter in the Ron Burgundy saga be set in the 1970s? Will it involve a jazz flute solo? (That seems like a definite yes, given Burgundy/Ferrell’s performance on “Conan.”) What, exactly, will the plot be?

Oh — and what should it be called?

Technically, it would help to nail down a plot before attempting to give the second “Anchorman” a name. But did knowing things ever stop Ron Burgundy or Brick Tamland from taking action? No, my friends. It did not.

So let’s make the lives of Ferrell and co-writer/director Adam McKay a little easier by helping themwith come up with a title for the most anticipated sequel since those seven movies that came after “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

The obvious route

The first film was formally titled, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” So the most natural name for the second one is, “Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Continues.” A little dull maybe, but it gets the job done.

The Scotch reference

They could always go the “Anchorman 2: Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch” route. It sounds absurd and makes no sense outside of the context of Burgundy’s catch phrase from the first movie. I mention that because it’s the primary selling point behind the title.

The Sex Panther reference

How about “Anchorman 2: Now With Bits of Panther”? No, that’s probably better as a poster tag­line than a title. Maybe “Anchorman 2: Time to Musk Up”? No, that’s also better as a tag­line than a name.

Wait, I’ve got it!

“Anchorman 2: Cannonball Run”! Wait, someone’s already used “Cannonball Run”? Darn it. It would have been perfect.

Clearly I am not having much luck. I bet you guys can do better. Please share your suggestions for the “Anchorman 2” title by posting a comment below. (And note that I saved “Stay classy” so one of you guys could take that and run with it. You’re welcome.)

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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