It still hasn’t completely sunk in that Anchorman 2 is becoming a reality. Granted, we probably won’t see it until late 2013 at the earliest, but after waiting this long for the return of the Channel 4 News Team, I can wait a little bit longer. Considering the genius of the first movie, I’m game for whatever co-writer and director Adam McKay has in store for the sequel, and now he’s dropped a couple of brief hints on what we can possibly expect to see in Ron Burgundy’s next adventure.
Hit the jump for what McKay had to say about Anchorman 2, which is scheduled to begin shooting in February. [Update: THR reports that the movie is budgeted at $50 million (the first film cost $26 million), and Paramount is considering release dates ranging from Christmas 2013 to summer 2014. The sequel will also be a period piece like the original, but McKay wouldn't say what period.]
Speaking to Salon, McKay only provided the smallest bits of information about what might be in the new movie:
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.
So while it doesn’t seem like “custody battle” and “bowling for dollars” are etched in stone, McKay seems certain enough about their necessity that he’s willing to state those points on the record. I’m not sure where the “bowling for dollars” part factors in, but the “custody battle” comment reminds me of this deleted scene from Wake Up, Ron Burgundy! (An alternate movie with a different plot, and made entirely out of deleted scenes):
McKay also revealed how Anchorman 2 finally made it into production after being considered dead for so long:
For the next couple of years we’d check in with [Paramount] every now and then and go, are you sure you don’t want to do it? And finally they had said basically no three times and we had given up and thought all right, let’s go do another movie. 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.
While I feel sorry for the filmmakers whose movie fell through, they can at least take solace in the fact that they helped Anchorman 2 finally get out of development hell.