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Anchorman 2: The Rumors, Hopes And Endless Scotch

Anchorman
Paramount Pictures

It took Paramount long enough. After waiting for nearly a decade, fans finally are getting what they’ve always wanted, an ‘Anchorman’ sequel. Yes, all of the Channel 4 news team will be back, including our sweet Brick. But now that ‘Anchorman 2‘ is officially a go, what should we expect? Will there be more arm chopping, mother insults and scotch drinking than the first? God, we hope so.

The announcement first came out yesterday when Will Ferrell went on Conan, immediately winning over the audience with his incredible skill at the jazz flute. Then, after he told the audience that they were making ‘Anchorman 2,’ they burst into a crazy amount of cheers and applause. It was almost like a Beatles concert except instead of four young musicians we have a hairy middle aged man.

We’re all gearing up for ‘Anchorman 2,’ but what do they already have planned for the Channel 4 news team the second time around? The last time we saw Ron (Will Ferrell) and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) they were sitting comfortably on a network news show while the rest of the team went their separate ways. There’s been plenty of rumors that have flown around, one of the weirdest ones coming from MTV when Paul Rudd said that Adam McKay might be interested in chucking the entire team into outer space. We’re not kidding, read Rudd’s quote for yourself:

“Last I heard they were starting to write it and they were thinking about setting it in the eighties. [But] I know when we were shooting it [director] Adam [McKay] said if they ever did something it would have to be really weird like we were on the moon or something. I think it has to go even further if it was to work.”

If it were set in the eighties that would make more sense, just to see the crew not only get in strange new adventures in a different era but just to see how they fix their look. Veronica Corningstone with teased hair? Brian Fantana with a Flock of Seagulls kind of hairdo? Who wouldn’t want to see that?

A lot of the story is still under wraps at the moment, but even though that’s the case it doesn’t stop us from thinking about some of the things we’d be looking forward to seeing the most out of the sequel. The first obviously is the Channel 4 news team. Do they continue their adventures in San Diego? It would be one thing to see them in a new era, but it would be another to see them in a different city. Then again, does another town seriously want to be defined as something so strange as “A whale’s vagina”? Yes, yes they do.

One of the other points in the film that made it so memorable was the large array of cameos from afro-haired Tim Robbins to Mexican Ben Stiller. Now that the movie has become a comedy classic, perhaps it’ll be easier for Paramount Pictures, Adam McKay and company to get other major actors to pop their head in the sequel.

But in the end, will ‘Anchorman 2′ be the film that we always hoped we’d see?

All answers point to yes. Adam McKay has proven himself to be a fine comedic writer/director many times after ‘Anchorman’ with movies like ‘Step Brothers’ and ‘The Other Guys.’ He can definitely weave his movie making magic on an ‘Anchorman’ sequel, and it’s not like any of the cast has lost their comedic luster. Go ahead, drink a glass of scotch with your favorite dog and get excited for ‘Anchorman 2.’

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