'Anchorman 2' trailer: Can Will Ferrell really top the original?
By By Amy Kaufman
Oct 23, 2013 at 2:19 PM
Nearly a decade after "Anchorman" became a comedy classic, Will Ferrell and his fellow newsmen are about to try to re-create box office magic with a highly anticipated sequel.
But a new trailer for the Dec 20 release, which hit the web Wednesday, raises the question: Can the 2004 original really be topped?
For years, Paramount Pictures was hesitant to make a sequel to "Anchorman," which grossed a strong $85 million at the box office. In 2011, Ferrell said that he and co-stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner wanted to make a second film, but the studio said it had "run the numbers and it's not a good fit."
Just a year later, Ferrell unexpectedly arrived on Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show in March 2012, dressed as his signature character Ron Burgundy to announce a sequel had finally been green-lighted.
Unlike the first film, famously set in classy San Di-ago, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" sees Burgundy and his fellow anchors travel to New York City to begin working for a national cable news network called -- what else? -- GNN. The trailer features the same kind of over-the-top, quasi-moronic gags seen in the original: The bus the men are on, which inevitably crashes, is filled with bowling balls and scorpions. Burgundy sneezes directly onto a camera lens.