Will Ferrell is to star in a sequel to 2004’s comic film Anchorman, as confirmed by the actor on US television.
The former Saturday Night Live star made an appearance on talk show Conan as 1970’s character Ron Burgundy, a San Diego newscaster, to make the announcement. Steve Carrell will feature in the sequel too, which will be released this year. The original film took £57.2m overall at box offices worldwide and saw Christina Applegate star as a female challenger to Burgundy’s position as a ruler of a male-dominated newsroom.
Thus far plot details of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’s sequel are yet to be written. What is known though is that Ferrell will again co-write with the original’s director.
Ferrel said during his in-costume appearance on Wednesday night that he wished to announce to everyone in the Americas, Spain, Turkey and Britain – including England – that Paramount Pictures and himself have managed to come to terms on making an Anchorman sequel.
Ferrel also gave a performance on a jazz flute as the outlandish character, Burgundy. In the eight years following the release of the original film, Anchorman stars such as Carell have had their careers blossom through the success of a string of box office hits.