Adam McKay Promises Some Racial Conflict For Anchorman 2
Adam McKay and Will Ferrell have never been shy about revealing their ideas for Anchorman 2, even when the movie was pretty much just a pipe dream-- remember when they were saying they wanted to set it in space? But now that the movie is actually going forward, their chatter is taking on real weight. McKay said a few weeks ago that the plot could involve a custody battle and also, bizarrely, bowling for dollars, and now talking to Empire McKay reveals much more concrete details about where the story might go, and how it will once again force Ron Burgundy to catch up with the times.
"We're going to be throwing a lot of innovation at them, and they're not going to handle it well," McKay says ominously about what awaits the Channel Four news team. He says he and Ferrell only have about two percent of the story written-- or maybe half a percent, or maybe just 5 pages of notes-- but that they know where the story will fit in at least in terms of history:
"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."
With McKay also promising a few ideas for another giant gang fight, I'm now pretty much imagining Anchorman 2 as a battle between Ron Burgundy and company and the Telemundo news team led by Ben Stiller-- except this time the Telemundo guys are in their office, and they'll probably cast an actual Latino instead of Stiller (because, I mean, seriously). But the move on to racial conflict makes sense, because if there's anything more intimidating to a bunch of comfortable white guys than women, it's people of color moving in on their territory. Anyone other than McKay and Ferrell tackling this stuff might make me a little queasy, but they were so smart with the feminist angle in Anchorman that I have to imagine something equally successful-- and more importantly, hilarious-- this time around.
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