Anchorman 2 news has been thin on the ground since Will Ferrell announced the sequel on "Conan" last month, despite years of rumors that the comedy classic would eventually get a follow up. All we knew was that several members of the cast were set to return, including Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. Also on board is the original film's director, Adam McKay, who hasn't directed a movie since 2010's buddy cop comedy The Other Guys, starring Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. It's McKay who has finally broken the code of silence on the upcoming comedy, dropping some hints to Salon about the sequel's plot line.
Quoth the McKay: "I don’t want to give away too much, but I’ll just give a couple pieces of ideas that we’ve kicked around. Keep in mind we’re still writing the story, but I’ll say one phrase for you: custody battle. I’ll give you that. I’ll give you one other one: bowling for dollars."
It's too early to do much more than speculate, but apparently Ron Burgundy's relationship with Veronica Corningstone hit the skids between films. McKay doesn't come right out and say it, but the plot point also seems to imply the return of Christina Applegate to the comedy franchise, which has yet to be confirmed. The Bowling for Dollars bit sounds potentially funny – maybe they bowl for custody? – but doesn't shed much light on the plot or even the time period of Anchorman 2, since the series ran from 1972 to 2008.
In other kinda-sorta news, McKay told Salon that before Anchorman 2 got the green light, he was pursuing Stepbrothers 2 along with some original projects. "We were playing with the idea of doing Stepbrothers 2 or another original movie. And just at the last second I said, go check in with them again and see if it’s just 100 percent dead. And, crazy luck, a movie had fallen through for them, their view on it had kind of changed and that was it."
To say that comedy sequels are "hit and miss" is being really, really kind to the hits, but for some reason we're all actually kind of excited about the prospect of Anchorman 2, and if nothing else it sounds like a custody battle storyline wouldn't just be a retread of the original. As for Stepbrothers 2… Is anyone going to get excited over that possibility? Maybe they could bring Eddie Murphy in this time.
CraveOnline will be back with more Anchorman 2 news after we get back from the gun show.