As made official by Ron Burgundy and the pomp of a jazz flute solo, Anchorman is getting a sequel.
Appearing on Conan last night, a burgundy-suited Will Ferrell appeared to soothe the audience with his flute and promise that Burgundy has at last been freed from Paramount's glass case of emotion and restrictive rights/budget management. Said Ferrell/Burgundy:
"Paramount Pictures and myself, Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy, have come to terms on a sequel to Anchorman. It is official: there will be a sequel to Anchorman. There will be a sequel."
Of course, as the quote-remembering brains of Anchorman fans will recall, co-writer/director Adam McKay already said as much back in 2008. Four years ago he claimed, "We're going to do it, for sure," but as that news was not accompanied by jazz flute, it did not ring true; two years later, McKay would clarify that his "do it, for sure" was dependent on Paramount, who pooped a hammer when they passed on the project and refused to release the rights to McKay or another studio.
It's taken a couple more years, but Paramount seems to have finally realized that the original Anchorman still goes down as smooth as a scotch going into your belly. Or, like most studios, they're just recently desperate to crank out whatever sequels they can. Either way, we're getting another Anchorman, and as confirmed by Deadline, Ferrell and McKay, as well as Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner will be involved. Today, we spell "redemption": R-O-N. And other quotes.
Here's video of the Conan appearance: