With the news that Anchorman was finally getting the sequel its creators had tried to make (for years now), you’d figure they’d have their ideas and plans on lockdown. There was talk of testing it as a stage show, and all sorts of interesting rumors about the directions it could head, but writer/director Adam McKay has talked about their progress so far. He tells Empire “We’ve done about two per cent! Half a per cent? We’ve got five pages of story notes and chunks of story. We’re holing up writing for the next three months.”‘ He does hint at their direction…
And that would be towards the emergence of CNN. McKay said this:
“It’s right when all the news started changing with the 24-hours news cycle in ’78 or ’79, 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.”
We do know that Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner are back for more, though it’s unknown if Christina Applegate will return in any capacity. That was being talked about last we heard, though there was nothing definitive.
What makes this project so exciting is that when a film like Star Trek gets a sequel, it’s because it made enough money to generate a follow up, but – ultimately – you could tell that J.J. Abrams was more interested in making a film like Super 8 than going back to that well. Here everyone involved has spoken about wanting to do this project, which is better than people coming back because of contractual obligation. Or – in the case of a sequel like Men in Black III – where you get the sense people are returning to the well because they need a career boost.
Which is why it’s so much fun to hear about. At worst, Anchorman 2 will be funny. But it won’t and can’t be desperate or passionless.
What’s your favorite Anchorman quote?