‘Anchorman 2′ Details from ‘Anchorman’ Director Adam McKay

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Adam McKay talks Anchorman 2 Anchorman 2 Details from Anchorman Director Adam McKay

The subject of Anchorman 2 has been bouncing around Hollywood for years, but it was just a few weeks ago that Ron Burgundy himself, Will Ferrell, appeared in character on Conan to announce that he and Paramount had reached a deal to bring the suave San Diego newsman back for a sequel.

Today, we have Anchorman director – and frequent Will Ferrell collaborator – Adam McKay talking about the sequel film, with a few hints about what’s in store for Ron and the Channel 4 News Team’s new adventure.

Speaking with Salon, McKay (Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, The Other Guys) first describes why such a long gap exists between Anchorman and Anchorman 2:

Well, first off, we went and did some other movies; that was the initial delay. By the time we heard from enough fans and heard enough of the demand for a sequel, it had been a few years. We went to the studio and they kind of weren’t into it initially. They said the original one made pretty good money, but for what it made we’ll give you this and this, and it was a very low budget. We would have all been working for free to do it.

We were playing with the idea of doing “Stepbrothers 2″ or another original movie. And just at the last second I said, go check in with them again and see if it’s just 100 percent dead. And, crazy luck, a movie had fallen through for them, their view on it had kind of changed and that was it.

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McKay with Ferrell in character as Ron Burgundy

Regarding how the modern media is now even more of a reflection of all that Anchorman sought to mock:

Part of what inspired the movie was just how ridiculous the news had become. It was all ratings driven. The people were getting better and better looking. The weather women were getting outrageously beautiful. It was all about the voice and the hair.

Since we made the movie it’s gone even more so in that direction. We talk about all these anchormen on the air now and they’re all kind of Ron Burgundy-esque guys. So yes, sadly, the character has gotten more and more relevant as the news has gotten to be nothing more than a ratings-driven profit machine…The ridiculousness of “Anchorman” got less and less observed.

In regards to what Anchorman 2 might be about:

I don’t want to give away too much, but I’ll just give a couple pieces of ideas that we’ve kicked around. Keep in mind we’re still writing the story, but I’ll say one phrase for you: custody battle. I’ll give you that. I’ll give you one other one: bowling for dollars.

Personally, I tend to use Anchorman as my personal barometer for where people’s comedic sensibilities lie. I thought the movie was hilarious the very first time I saw it; others were brought in by home video / cable viewings of the film. Since that time, The Legend of Ron Burgundy has grown to be, well, “legendary” (at least in a cult-following sort of way). I welcome a sequel with open arms, and truly hope that early reports that the setting will be moved up to the 1980s era are true – there is so much skewering of that era still to be done.

We’ll keep you updated on the status of Anchorman 2.

Source: Salon

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  1. Dear lord yes, this is the best. I’d love to see Ron in the 80′s

  2. Can’t wait. The original gets funnier each time I see it.

  3. As long as the Spanish language news team makes an appearance I’m in….

  4. Will there be more jazz flute or will Ron move on to the Kenny G. soprano sax to really mock the 80′s lite jazz movement?

  5. One of the best Will Ferrell movies ever. I hope the movie lives up to the legend.

  6. As great as the 80′s era sounds as a backdrop for the sequel I can’t help imagine Mr. Burgundy working in the news today.
    Just imagine him on MSNBC or Fox. It would be comedy gold.

  7. The writers and producers of Anchorman 2 should some how incorporate the story line or plot from Stepbrothers onto Anchorman 2. Just sayin’….

    • Just out of curiosity how would you propose to do that? They’re set in different time periods & Will Ferrell starred as different characters in both films. The two movies were both hilarious but I don’t see how or why you’d want to combine them.

      • Actually I do have an idea but I don’t want to pitch it in here, ya know what I mean…

      • Actually I do have an idea but I don’t want to pitch it in here, ya know what I mean.

        • So essentially your saying that you would like Ron Burgundy to be Brennan’s father (referring to the custody battle comment made by McKay)? I’d pass on this movie instantly. Love both as individual films, no reason to interlink the two imho…

        • Yes, you wouldn’t want to lose that million dollar idea that is sure to happen if you can just pitch it to the right people.

  8. As long as they get rid of Veronica and replace her with a new love interest, I’m in.

  9. Neato!

  10. I can’t wait for this. Anchorman is a modern comedic masterpiece. And it’s great to hear that everyone from the original cast is coming back to reprise their roles. Steve Carell is the only man who can play Brick. MORE BRICK!!!

    • I love lamp!