With last month's announcement that "Anchorman 2," the follow-up to Will Ferrell's beloved 2004 comedy, was at long last going to be a reality, fans finally got the promise that Ferrell's most memorable comic creation was coming back to drink some more scotch and present some more incorrect information about the history of San Diego. Almost as importantly, the "Anchorman 2" announcement means that Ferrell is returning to a signature character for the first time ever -- despite racking up hit comic vehicles and an even higher number of quotable lines, Ferrell has never reprised a role for the purpose of a sequel, choosing to let Jackie Moon, Frank The Tank and Ricky Bobby exist in lone, hilarious films.
If "Anchorman 2" is happening, could more Ferrell-led sequels follow? With multiple box office smashes accrued in his 44 years, the man could feasibly live off of sequels and keep everybody happy for the next decade. Here are the five Will Ferrell movies that deserve a second go-round -- we're not holding our breath that these projects will actually happen, but if Ron, Brian, Champ and Brick can get back together, who knows what else the future may bring?
"Old School" Like "Anchorman 2," the idea of "Old School 2" has actually been kicked around since the original became a hit in 2003, but Ferrell and Vince Vaughn turned down a script in 2006, and in 2009, director Todd Phillips (who went on to have some success with this movie called "The Hangover" that year) said that no sequel was in the works for his frat comedy. Like "Step Brothers," "Old School" showcased inspired comic characters like Ferrell's Bluto-past-his-prime Frank The Tank, but unlike "Step Brothers," the college romp was steadier in its plot development than in its profanity-laced dialogue; Luke Wilson made for a solid if unspectacular straight man, for instance, but was elevated by singular scenes like the KY jelly wrestling match and Beanie's son's birthday party. Therefore, "Old School 2" would absolutely need to have a plot as cohesive as "OS1," and give Frank The Tank -- in many respects, a terribly sad character -- enough gloriously messed-up hoops to once again jump through in order to preserve the brotherhood. "Old School 2" can't just be "Old School 1, on spring break"; it has to be a logical progression of events, as in, "Mitch, Beanie and Frank become too old/uncool for the fraternity, so they get kicked out and have to find a way to once again prove their party cred and irresponsibility." With the right script, this puppy could sing.