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Sequels announced: “Anchorman 2” starring Will Ferrell; “Triplets” starring Shwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, and Eddie Murphy?

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The Legend of San Diego’s favorite news anchor continues

“Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I’ve just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you to stop what you’re doing, and listen… CANNONBALL!”

Translation: Will Ferrell is coming back in a highly-anticipated sequel to one of the most beloved and most quotable comedies of all time “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” The original movie was co-written and directed by Adam McKay, who also worked with Ferrell in “Step Brothers,” “Talladega Nights,” and “The Other Guys.” The Legend of Ron Burgundy was a box office success and earned praise with mentions on countless movie lists, with Burgundy making Empire’s list as #26 of the 100 Greatest Movie Characters, and his movie ranking at #113 on the 500 Greatest Movies Ever. The film also launched a successful string of Judd Apatow-produced comedies featuring stars that came to be known as the Frat Pack: Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Luke and Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, and Seth Rogen.

The announcement was made straight from the scotch-guzzling mouth of the notorious San Diego-based anchorman himself, Ron Burgundy, during a surprise appearance on the late night TBS talk show “Conan,” and the news was met with a riotous ovation. Truth be told, the announcement put me in a glass case of emotions.

The movie followed the antics of the Action 4 news team, a now legendary crew that included comedy icons Ferrell, Carell, Rudd, and David Koechner. Set in sunny San Diego during the 1970’s, the film satirized the chauvinistic attitude of the times, as female news reporters increasingly emerged as the new faces of broadcasting. In this case, Veronica Corningstone posed a threat to the reputation of the local television personality-slash-playboy, head-anchor Ron Burgundy, and the results were hysterical.

Thanks to a hilarious mistranslation of our city’s name, the world has never seen San Diego the same again, and Ron Burgundy’s announcement of a sequel is sure to be the biggest news in the span of his illustrious career, even bigger than the birth of a giant baby panda.

Schwarzenegger and DeVito in talks for “Twins” sequel

The Terminator-turned-Governator wasn’t kidding when he said “I’ll be back,” only it’s not in the way you would imagine. Universal and Montecito Pictures have just announced a “Twins” sequel in the making, tentatively titled “Triplets,” that will reunite Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as the unlikely pair of twin brothers. Although the film is in its embryonic stage of development, insiders have already thrown Oscar-nominated comedian Eddie Murphy into the mix as the potential third twin brother.

The original film paired Schwarzenegger and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Danny DeVito as fraternal twins created genetically in a lab that had the initial aim to produce the perfect child. “Twins” was directed and produced by acclaimed filmmaker Ivan Reitman, whose credits include the Ghostbuster movies and the Schwarzenegger classic “Kindergarten Cop.” The film opened to a moderate $11 million opening, but through word of mouth, went on to gross over $200 million worldwide.

There is no official release date for either “Triplets” or “Anchorman 2” but until then, to quote the legendary anchorman himself, “Stay classy, San Diego.”

Photos courtesy of DreamWorks and Universal, respectively

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