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By The Beard Of Zeus! Anchorman 2: The Musical?

by Joe Taylor

Will Ferrell’s cult classic ANCHORMAN featured plenty of afternoon delight and jazz flutin’, but the long awaited sequel is set to include a number of original songs.

Speaking to The Playlist, writer and director Adam McKay revealed the project’s original medium:

‘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.

The music sequences we have done — we did ‘Afternoon Delight’ [in ANCHORMAN] — 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.’

Ugh, Ron Burgundy on the stage would have been a thing of beauty… McKay is currently rewriting ANCHORMAN 2 alongside Ferell, but offered a few tidbits of what to expect in terms of story:

‘Even thought it’s going to be a big silly movie, it’s all about the rise of the new media and 24 hour news cycle, and there’s a lot of interesting points to make about that while being silly. I mean what is this 24 hours news, and this wall of white noise information, has it really been good for our country? The great thing when you find a point of view like that is that it doesn’t have to be preachy or didactic, it’s also funny. It’s just funny that Americans have to contend with 2000 channels, and 60 different specific news sources, and the confusion that it creates, and the junk that we get to see is hilarious. That’s what we’re always kinda looking for, what’s the point of view that’s got life to it and plays.’

ANCHORMAN 2 brings back its original cast of Will Ferell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate. No release date as of yet.

Source: The Playlist

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