Anchorman 2 is, unexpectedly, a go. So unexpected that even Adam McKay and Will Ferrell seem to have been caught up short; talking to Empire McKay says that they have about five pages of story notes and that they'll spend the summer writing. But what are in those story notes? Some of it is just what you hoped to see in Anchorman 2:
"We know these guys never deal well with change," says McKay, "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."
"It's right when all the news started changing with the 24-hours news cycle in '78 or '79," McKay explains. "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."
I really hope they go full out Blazing Saddles with the diversity stuff. We're in a new period of political correctness (see the bizarre complaints about the whiteness of Girls) and a little pin-prick in that pomposity is welcome. Also, there are some terrific comics of many colors who would do great work in this kind of a movie.
One concern: McKay tells Empire they're planning another gang fight. I love that bit in Anchorman, but will the sequel just be rehashed bits from the first? Please no. And no word on whether or not this will be a musical...