Say it Ain't So: No Anchorman Sequel?
In 2004, the world was introduced to the genius that is Channel 4 News Team leader and hero to “San Diegans” everywhere, Mr. Ron Burgundy. He and his brothers-in-arms, Brian, Brick and Champ, taught us a little something about what it's like to be a high-profile celebrity in the world of 1970's regional news. We are all better for knowing these great men.
When we last left Ron he had once again saved the day and, with the lovely Ms. Veronica Corningstone, was off to work for a major network as a co-anchor. So, this story was set to have a sequel, right? Wrong.
Will Ferrell, the man who brought Burgundy to life, has said that although the cast would very much like to reprise their roles, the production company has informed them that there will be no sequel due to financial concerns.
"The film, which cemented Ferrell's movie superstar status and brought Paul Rudd and Steve Carell to the forefront of comedy, grossed $90 million worldwide on a $26 million budget and is a regular television syndication favorite. Still, it's not enough to convince Paramount to green light a second film, Ferrell says.
“‘Anchorman 2,’ you'd have to really assert some kind of email hate campaign to Paramount picture because they've told us, quote unquote,‘We've run the numbers and it's not a good fit,’” Ferrell told an audience of journalists."
The call to not bring this story back to the big screen is like drinking milk on a hot day. And as we all remember, “Milk was a bad choice!”
I don't have the type of money to fund a major motion picture, but if it helps get Burgundy back on the air, I'll kick in a few bucks for sure! I miss my “My sweet Brick”; the sound of a good “Whammy!” from Champ; the sight of beautiful Veronica; and the smell of Brian’s cologne. Ok, that one I don't miss so much, but I can go for more Jazz flute! BRING BACK BURGUNDY! If the powers that be at Paramount Studios hold this course who knows what will happen. Perhaps Wes Mantooth takes over the top spot in the ratings. It's up to you Paramount, don’t let us down.
The world is a tough place these days. We need our laughs and today we spell entertainment, “R.O.N.”