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Preview: ‘Anchorman 2’ announced by Ron Burgundy on Conan show

After years of speculation and rumour, Channel 4 News Team fans finally heard the good news they’d been waiting for last night as Will Ferrell, in full Ron Burgundy attire, announced that Paramount Pictures had green lit a sequel to hit 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy on TBS’ Conan O’Brien show. The as-yet untitled sequel (let’s just call it Anchorman 2 for now) will reunite Ferrell with director Adam McKay and co-stars Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, all of whom received a huge boost in popularity thanks to their involvement in the original cult hit.

After making a surprise appearance on O’Brien’s popular talk show to indulge in some jazz flute action (watched on by the bemused house band), Ferrell’s Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy took time out to engage in some in-character banter with Conan, stating that “You look like someone put a bright red fright-wig on a skeleton, and chucked it out of a helicopter.”

Then came the announcement that Burgundy fans had been waiting eight years for – Anchorman 2 had been given the go-ahead by Paramount Pictures. Director Adam McKay later tweeted that both he and Ferrell were currently writing a script for the comedy sequel (leaving plenty of room for improvisation no doubt) and plan to begin shooting in February 2013 – potentially looking ahead to an Autumn 2013 release.

Firm details on the script’s content are still non-existent, but fans can expect the same skewed sense of humour, endlessly quotable quips and perfectly-coiffured barnets that featured in the original – Great Odin’s raven we’re excited.

Anchorman 2 looks set to be released in mid-late 2013 (tbc).

Daniel Green