Lets face facts here, people. There is no more iconic Will Ferrell character than Ron Burgundy. If you have a problem with that, then you can go fly a kite. The centerpiece of Anchorman, Burgundy has become a pop culture icon in his own right. Ferrell’s most recent character, the smooth talking, jive-turkey basketball mogul Jackie Moon in Semi-Pro brings back fond memories for Burgundy fans, as Moon is a similar sort of oddity.
Over the weekend I received a note from FSR reader Chad in Austin, TX. He wrote in to tell me all about a recent event that took place at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar last Saturday night. Actor Will Ferrell and director Kent Alterman brought Semi-Pro to Austin for a special screening, courtesy of Harry Knowles and the folks at Ain’t It Cool News. During a Q&A after the film, Will Ferrell mentioned the fact that he had been performing skits as Ron Burgundy during his Funny or Die Comedy Tour. He went on to explain that bringing the character back for these limited engagements has got him thinking of ways to possibly bring him back to the big screen, as in, we are talking Anchorman sequel here.
For fans, this would be a serious burst of awesomeness, as only Ron Burgundy can deliver. Regarding Ferrell’s comments, I did a little research and found that SXSW Master Chief Matt Dentler also blogged about the comment. And if two sources confirm such a thing, I think that it is more than fair to start speculating about an Anchorman sequel. Of course, Ferrell has a few projects that would have to be completed before another go-round could be made as Papa Burgundy. He is currently working on Step Brothers with John C. Reilly and he has Land of the Lost on the horizon. Until we get something official, we’ll just keep our fingers crossed.
Sound Off: What do you think, should Ferrell and Co. make a sequel to Anchorman? Do you think everyone else (Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, etc.) would come back for another round?