PJ Ho­gan pre­mieres Men­tal

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and its se­quel. It didn’t look like a fol­low-up to the 2004 hit would even­tu­ate un­til Fer­rell, who stars as news­man Ron Bur­gundy (pic­tured), ap­peared in char­ac­ter on Co­nan O’Brien’s TV show in March to con­firm the good news. Fer­rell, who plays a politi­cian vy­ing for a seat in Congress in The Cam­paign, has reteamed with An­chor­man di­rec­tor and co-writer Adam McKay to work on a screen­play for the se­quel. He says the eight-year gap be­tween films has given them more free­dom to write about San Diego’s top jour­nal­ist. ‘‘That’s the beauty of get­ting to do a se­quel where there’s been dis­tance be­tween the orig­i­nal one. We’re re­ally start­ing with a blank slate and . . . we don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to pick up where the first one left off,’’ he says. ‘‘We can kind of take some lib­erty to cre­ate a whole new story.’’ Fer­rell says they’re not feel­ing pres­sure yet about the highly-an­tic­i­pated film, ‘‘but we will’’. ‘‘There will be a point, where we’re like, ‘this is ac­tu­ally go­ing to hap­pen’.’’

Fer­rell, who stars in cur­rent big-screen com­edy hit The Cam­paign, is glad there was so much time be­tween mak­ing the cult clas­sic An­chor­man: The Leg­end of Ron Bur­gundy

is screening now.

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