"Anchorman 2" just inched one meeting closer to becoming a reality. Somewhere in the mix of appearing on the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, promoting next week's summer comedy "Land of the Lost" on "Behind the Screen", and getting ready for the release of his next film, "The Goods," Ferrell managed to wedge in a meeting with the creative minds behind 2004's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." Re-assembling the film's all-star news team, which included Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Christina Applegate, probably won't be easy, but the gears sound like they are finally in motion.
Ferrell told an Australian radio DJs Jono & Dano that he'll be meeting with "all the guys" from the first "Anchorman" next week to "figure out when and how" to map out the sequel, according to a report on JoBlo.com.
Exactly what that sequel would involve, plot-wise, is likely another item on the table for the planned meeting. Writer/director Adam McKay, who also worked with Ferrell on "The Goods," will probably have something to say there, though story plans may end up hinging on which cast members would be available and affordable for the project.
The 70s-era shtick of the first "Anchorman" was brilliant, turning gender integration in the newsroom into a hilariously thoughtful farce. There's plenty more hilarity to be harvested from the the evolution of TV news reporting since that time period. Take one of the weirdest phenomenons occurring now: cable news programs on FOX News and MSBC trying to imitate "The Daily Show"/"The Colbert Report" style of comedic delivery, often with uncomfortably unfunny results. There's a really great meta-comedy just waiting to be made there for sure. There's also the whole issue of old school newsrooms attempting to report for an Internet-connected audience. Surely the Web-savvy team behind FunnyOrDie.com would have plenty to milk from that concept.
Which original cast members would you want to see return for an "Anchorman" sequel? What direction would you like to see the story take? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!