If you are a fan of Will Ferrell’s absurd, often-improvised, comedy approach, then chances are good you quote Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy whenever the opportunity presents itself (clearly, such people are trapped in a glass case of emotion). Fortunately, fans of Burgundy and his San Diego news team will have new material soon, as Anchorman: The Legend Continues (a.k.a. Anchorman 2) is arriving sometime in the foreseeable future.
Details on the sequel have been drip-dropping these past eight months, since Will Ferrell appeared in character as Ron Burgundy – where he showed off his mad jazz flute skills for Conan O’Brien – and confirmed that, yes, Paramount has green-lit the comedy sequel. That trend continues today, with an update about a possible new casting addition and the film’s expected release date.
Wiig is the Oscar-nominated co-writer/star of the raunch-com smash Bridemaids, a beloved veteran of Saturday Night Live and boasts multiple scene-stealing turns on her resume (in Knocked Up, Whip It, Friends with Kids, etc.). However, there is reason to wonder: will her Anchorman 2 character amount to ‘female Brick’ – see: Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) is ‘female Sheldon’ on The Big Bang Theory – or the opposite of Carell and his clueless cohorts, similar to Penny (Kaley Cuoco) on TBBT or pre-breakdown Jan Levinson (Melora Hardin) on The Office? Either option has its pros and cons; though, maybe Wiig will split the difference and play the Holly Flax (Amy Ryan) to Carell’s other famous dim-witted persona.
On that note: Anchorman 2 continues to look and sound like a prototypical comedy hit followup – where everything from the first film is carried over and made bigger, broader, and crazier (here, the list includes more celebrity cameos and full-blown musical numbers). That means there’s a risk that everything from the irreverent jokes to the satirical jabs at the period time setting could be strained and feel too eager-to-please, this second time around.
Nonetheless, we remain hopeful that the sequel will recapture the inspired mad fun of the original – regardless of whether or not it also includes witches.
More on Anchorman: The Legend Continues as the story develops.
Source: The Wrap