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[Movies] Anchorman 2 Was Originally Planned as a Musical
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 11.15.2012



Adam McKay recently spoke with IndieWire about Anchorman 2, which starts shooting in March. Check out the highlights:

On the film's odd original plan: "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."

On the film having musical sequences: There will be some music in 'Anchorman 2' though for sure, we have some songs already written...Whole song sequences, absolutely."

On musical sequences in his past films: "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."

On the film's themes: "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."

On whether Ron Burgundy will get a Mr. Smith Goes To Washington-esque moment: "It's been discussed, there's a little wisp of [talk]. We'd never do it straight ahead, we gotta fuck with it in some way. Because Ron Burgundy isn't quite Jimmy Stewart in character, so if he does, he's not going to do it well. But there's a little bit of that going on. 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."

On the supporting cast: "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 home run."





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