'Anchorman 2' Will Probably Highlight Start of 24-Hour Cable News
Aside from our own world being rocked with the news of an Anchorman sequel finally becoming a reality, it sounds like the Channel Four News Team will be dealing with some shocking revelations in the follow-up from writer/director Adam McKay. The filmmaker recently talked about the long road to get the project off the ground with an initially reluctant studio, but now that the film is on track, the script has his full concentration. In speaking with Empire, he talks about how they're just getting started saying, " "We've done about two per cent! Half a per cent? We've got five pages of story notes and chunks of story." Read on!
McKay continued, "We're holing up writing for the next three months." And we finally get a hint of what Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner will be dealing with. McKay says the film will take place at quite a revolutionary time in the news world:
"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 know these guys never deal well with change, and the good thing is that there's a big blast of change coming, according to the regular timeline. We're going to be throwing a lot of innovation at them, and they're not going to handle it well."
I believe diversity is the name of an old wooden ship, so I'm not sure how that's going to affect the film. But in all seriousness, after seeing how the news team handled a woman becoming an anchor, I can't wait to see what it's like to bring different races into the mix (especially if that means the return of Ben Stiller and the Spanish-language news team). Anyone else think Isiah Whitlock Jr. from the HBO program "The Wire" would make a great news anchor? In addition, the idea of a 24-hour news cycle becoming part of the equation could make for some great moments as well. I just can't wait for this film to hit theaters.