For years fans have been clamoring on the Internet for Will Ferrell and his friend Adam McKay to make a sequel to "Anchorman," the film about fictitious San Diego news anchor Ron Burgundy. The first film has grown into a near cultural phenomenon with lines like "I'm kind of a big deal" becoming part of the current lexicon. The film may not have been a huge commercial success in the theaters, but home movie watching has elevated the comedy to something even beyond a cult following.
Yet both Ferrell and McKay kept telling their rabid fans that there just was no interest from the studio that owned the rights to any sequel to do another film. It had become the sort of question that Ferrell saw coming a mile away, but he'd always give the same answer. That he was ready, willing and able, but the studio had to back it. But it was Ron Burgundy himself that strolled onto the set of "Conan" last night, "playing" his trademark jazz flute, and he announced to the audience that indeed "Anchorman 2" was a reality.
As excited as we are for a new "Anchorman" film, we thought it good to remember that not every comedy sequel is a homerun like its predecessor. Often times comedy sequels are the easiest to make, but the hardest to pull off without looking like re-treads and copy-and-paste jobs. Here now are three of the worst comedy sequels.
"Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" - In 1994, when "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" released, a two-megaton bomb known as Jim Carrey was dropped on the world. No one saw that movie coming, and Carrey's performance was so brilliant that it launched him from relative obscurity (unless you were a die-hard fan of "In Living Color" on Fox) into mega stardom. Though it was a commercial success, taking in almost three times what the first film did, audiences generally felt let down, and it was panned by critics as being mostly a retread of the first film's jokes and story line.
"Blues Brothers 2000" - The first film was and is one of the best American comedies of all time. But when one of your central stars passes away, it's usually never going to be a good idea to make a sequel almost twenty years later. John Goodman is an incredible actor, and is tremendously gifted, but he had no shot of ever filling the void that John Belushi's death created for this film. The film was a box-office catastrophe, showing that everyone knew to avoid it like the plague.
"Weekend at Bernie's II" - The first film, about a couple of yuppies who are invited out to their crooked boss's island vacation home to be bumped off, only to find their boss is the one who was murdered, actually was a moderate success. But the sequel made only $12 million at the box office less than half than the first, and it was panned even harder than the original was. Apparently it's not a winning formula to literally dig up a dead body and spin a whole new story around pretending he's alive again.
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