When it comes to comedy, Will Ferrell tends to rely on applying the same formula of characters to a different environment and plot, which has turned out to be successful in most cases.
Although this didn’t necessarily work well for Ferrell’s latest Casa De Mi Padre, who’s gimmick was a comedy entirely in Spanish, poking fun at both low budget films and Spanish soap operas. While the film was given a limited release, Ferrell’s name alone didn’t really draw people to the theatre. Ferrell’s solution? Make a sequel of one of his most successful films of course!
Yep, according to Deadline, Anchorman 2 is indeed being made despite the project being seemingly extinct, this time being produced by Paramount instead of Dreamworks due to Dreamworks 2.0 departing the studio.
So you’ll finally get to see the return of Ferrell’s Ron Burgandy and original cast members Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd in all their raunchy, over-the-top glory. The announcement was actually done by Ferrell himself on Conan O’Brien’s talk show, which aired last night, and you can check out the clip for yourself below:
The film will be produced under Judd Apatow’s banner and Adam McKay will both direct and write the script with Ferrell. Despite the usual skepticism regarding sequels to comedies (Hangover Part 2 anyone?), the film could work if it focuses on a solid plot rather than a rehashing, but also not relying on just a one-note gag like Casa De Mi Padre.
Again, it’s still early to actually determine virtually anything at all regarding the project, but one thing’s for certain; expect the typical Ferrell brand of comedy. Whether this is a great idea or just another “beating a dead horse” attempt is yet to be determined until more is revealed, but is the world ready for another Anchorman? Better yet, do they even want one?