Will Ferrell made a surprise appearance last night on Conan. Dressed up in a burgundy suit and striped tie, Ferrell convinced everyone that he was actually Ron Burgundy. He joined Conan’s Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band, throwing down a jazz flute solo before telling Conan O’Brien, "I like to keep my chops up, jam with the cats here ... smoke a little tea afterwards, see if a little backstage Judy ends up on my lap."
Ron Burgundy complimented O’Brien and wingman Andy Richter on their broadcasting skills; he did dish out a slight criticism though directed at O’Brien, "You look awful," he said. "You look like someone put a bright red fright wig on a skeleton and chucked it out of a helicopter." He told Andy Richter, “You look great, don’t change a thing.”
He was not just there to display his flute skills or chit chat with the host; he is a newsman, and with that he had an announcement, Anchorman 2 is in the works. "I want to announce this to everyone here in the Americas," he said. "To my friends, in Spain, Turkey and the U.K., including England ... as of 0900 Mountain Time, Paramount Pictures and myself, Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy, have come to terms on a sequel for Anchorman. It is official; there will be a sequel to Anchorman."
Anchorman 2 will be a follow up to the escapades of the 1970s news broadcaster Ron Bugundy. Ferrell will be writing the script, and Adam McKay will return as director. McKay told MTV News he expected much of the cast to return for Anchorman 2, including Paul Rudd and Steve Carell. "We had an idea and we contacted Steve and Paul and Koechner and Christina and checked in with everyone and they were all game for it," McKay said. "It's a tricky movie because everyone went and did really well after it, so everyone's prices went up and everyone's time got a little more valuable. But at the same time, graciously, Steve and Paul and everyone agreed to cut their price to come and do it, which you don't see very often in Hollywood -- and cut their price substantially."
No news on how long it will be until the world is quoting one-liners from Anchorman 2, but production begins at the end of this year.
See the announcement on Conan.