Back in February we told you about a few off-hand comments that were made by Will Ferrell about the possibility of bringing the lovable and extra-mustachioed Ron Burgundy back to the big screen in an Anchorman sequel. Then, as if it were handed down from above — or from our friends at Collider — we were given further confirmation, as co-writer and director Adam McKay said that Anchorman 2 was happening “for sure.”
Today, we are more than happy to bring you more good news about the future of the Channel 4 News Team, as two more participants have expressed their willingness to come back for another round. First, Steve Carell talked to MTV while doing press for his upcoming film Get Smart, saying that he would do it “in a second.”
“I’ve heard some inklings as to what Adam McKay has in mind for a sequel, and it’s really funny,” Carell added. “But I couldn’t say anything more than that.”
Later in the day, reports came in once again from our friends at Collider, who met up with Brian Fantana himself, Paul Rudd, on the set of his new movie I Love You, Man. When pushed to form some sort of response to McKay’s comments about the project, Rudd had this to say: “I think that it would be awesome, I would be in there for sure, and I emailed him afterwards, I think he was serious, I don’t think there’s a script or anything like that, I don’t know if there’s been any ideas, and it was so fun to do and I saw him recently and we were just talking about what a blast that was, so hopefully.”
As you can see — and could probably have imagined if you’ve ever seen Anchorman — the consistent message that continues to echo amongst the cast is that the production of the first film was a blast, and that no matter their star power — especially in the case of Carell — they would go back to it in a heartbeat, without question. And they would have to, as the Anchorman universe would be nothing without a complete news team.
The only member of the crew that has not publicly expressed interest in the project is David Koechner, who played rambunctious sportscaster Champ Kind. Though, we have a feeling that Koechner’s silence is less a sign of his unwillingness to participate, and more a sign of the fact that he has not been interviewed in a while.
Keep it locked right here, as we will continue to sniff out all the details as they become available.