'Anchorman' Sequel Will Have Musical Numbers and Cameos Galore
For anyone who has ever seen an Adam McKay comedy, the writer and director loves jokes centered around music. From the lovely Boats & Hoes rap and Will Ferrell's rendition of Por Ti Volare in Step Brothers to Ron Burgundy's playing of jazz flute and harmonizing with the Channel 4 News Team for some Afternoon Delight, he just brings music and laughs together harmoniously. Now it sounds like he's going one step further with the highly anticipated Anchorman sequel as The Playlist spoke to McKay and the director revealed there might be whole original musical numbers for the cast this time around. More below!
McKay explains that when Anchorman 2 was initially passed on by Paramount, they had an idea:
"We were going to do 'Anchorman 2' as a Broadway musical first, for like six months and then go shoot the movie. That was our initial idea. There will be some music in 'Anchorman 2' though for sure, we have some songs already written."
So are we talking professional level musical sequences? After all, Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les Miserables had the cast singing live on set for filming. Is that the same route McKay will take with his musical numbers? McKay answered:
"The music sequences we have done -- we did 'Afternoon Delight' [in 'Anchorman'], Adam Scott and his family singing 'Sweet Child O' Mine' [in 'Step Brothers'], we did a whole song for 'Talladega Nights' that got cut out, a big, big musical number -- we always do it live on the set. And my thing is, if the actors get freaked out, don't sweat it, we can always re-record it later. And every time we've done it, we end up using the live track from the recording. We'll probably do it the same way in this. This one might have a little more movement in it, and the only problem with that is the actors get winded."
And it sounds like there will plenty of actors hard at work on set as McKay has this grand vision for giving nearly every speaking role in the film to some sort of comedian or day player, much like the big fight scene that had Luke Wilson, Tim Robbins and Ben Stiller show up. He elaborates:
"We're talking about for 'Anchorman 2' creating a murderer's row of the best day players ever. Like having every single one line or three line role, just be someone we just love. Someone like Ian Roberts or Rob Huebel or Paula Killen -- just making sure every day player is a homerun."
Now Rob Huebel has been all over the place from films like The Descendants, What to Expect When You're Expecting and McKay's The Other Guys to TV series like "Children's Hospital" and "The Office." But unless you're a comedy guru, you won't know Ian Roberts (who played the floor director in the original Anchorman) or Paula Killen (the real estate agent in Step Brothers). But having comedians like that step up to the plate for all the speaking roles would be a lot of fun. It almost feels like a last hurrah for Anchorman since it's unlikely they'll do a third film unless the sequel is wildly successful and there's a good story.
Either way, we're excited for the sequel which needs to get into production soon if they're going to meet their projected 2013 release date from the teaser trailer that hit theaters with The Dictator earlier this year. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner are all back along with Christina Applegate and maybe even Vince Vaughn. We already know the sequel will deal with the dawn of the 24-hours news network and how the news team deals with that innovation. Anchorman: The Legend Continues is easily our most anticipated comedy, so we'll keep you posted as best we can. Still excited?