Adam McKay Talks ANCHORMAN 2; Film Might Take Place at the Dawn of the 24-Hour News Cycle

     April 23, 2012


When we last left Anchorman 2, director and co-writer Adam McKay was willing to divulge little about the highly-anticipated sequel.  The only hints he dropped about the plot were the couple phrases “Bowling for dollars” and “custody battle”.  Now he’s provided a few more details about the story, and they sound perfect for the Channel 4 news team and the comic potential for the sequel.

Hit the jump for more.  Paramount is reportedly considering a release of the film somewhere between Christmas 2013 and summer 2014.

anchorman-2-image-Will-FerrellSpeaking to Empire, McKay says “We’ve done about two per cent! Half a percent? We’ve got five pages of story notes and chunks of story. We’re holing up writing for the next three months.”  However, he does seem to have a bit of an idea of where the sequel might go.  As we learned in the first film, the Channel 4 News Team doesn’t like change, so of course Anchorman 2 takes place at a turning point in the history of TV news:

“It’s right when all the news started changing with the 24-hours news cycle in ’78 or ’79,” McKay explains. “All of a sudden, local news stations diversified and had Latino anchors and African-American anchors, and any time you’re talking about diversity and the Action News team, that’s always fun to deal with.”

Since the 24-hour news cycle is already ridiculous, I can see plenty of potential where the news team scrambles to find stories to fill time, and how there’s no way Ron can be the center of attention when there are so many news anchors throughout the day.

As for the diversity part of McKay’s statement, there was no mention of an old wooden ship, but hopefully we can also expect some great racial humor on this go-round comparable to the newsteam’s hilarious idiotic gender beliefs like how menstruation will attract bears.

It’s important that McKay and his co-writer and star Will Ferrell could throw the dawn-of-the-24-hour-news-cycle story out the window.  After all, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy! was an entire film created out of a discarded plotline, so we’ll have to wait and see if the 24-hour-news-cycle plot comes to fruition.


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