PopWatchers, I’m in a glass case of emotion right now. That’s because one of the funniest movies ever made — Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s gloriously absurd Anchorman — is finally getting the sequel it deserves. This news is almost as exciting as getting an invitation to the pants party. The… party. With the… with the pants.
Ferrell and McKay announced that they were developing Anchorman 2 : Return to San Diahhgo* way back in 2008. Unfortunately for Sex Panthers the world over, negotiations fell apart a few years later when the team and Paramount couldn’t agree on a budget. Now the movie’s back on — and, thanks to the four years that have passed since that first announcement, we’ve got a few clues about what might actually happen in the sequel.
The duo initially told EW that the second Legend of Ron Burgundy might transport the anchor, Veronica Corningstone, and their assorted friends and foes from the Me Decade to the 1980s. (Please take a moment to imagine Paul Rudd sporting a single sequined glove and a Jheri curl.) Adam McKay also claimed in 2010 that the sequel was going to be a musical that would play on Broadway before being filmed. Though that second comment should be taken with a grain of salt, the idea of an Anchorman musical isn’t really that ridiculous. Remember “Afternoon Delight”?
In addition to those tantalizing tidbits, we can also look to the original movie’s concluding voice over, which revealed what would happen to each character after the credits rolled. While it wouldn’t be surprising if McKay and Ferrell decided to ignore the futures they once sketched out for the Channel 4 News Team — in a world where people can get killed by a trident in a studio parking lot, logic and continuity aren’t exactly a top priority — I’d love to see what would happen if, say Brick actually became a top adviser to the Bush White House, or if Brian really hosted a reality show called Intercourse Island.
But for now, let’s set aside detective work and start cooking up some wild speculation. What do you think will happen in Anchorman 2 — and, more importantly, what do you want to happen? Which characters, outside of the main news team, are you most hoping to see again? (Paging Baxter and Ben Stiller’s Spanish anchor, por favor!)
And finally: Are you just looking at things in the office and saying that you love them?
*Not its official name, but a girl can dream, can’t she?