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An Old, Old Wooden Ship: Adam McKay Says 'Anchorman 2' Will Deal With Diversity & Feature Another Gang Fight

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 23, 2012 at 1:24PM

"We've done about two per cent! Half a per cent? We've got five pages of story notes and chunks of story. We're holing up writing for the next three months," Adam McKay tells Empire about the development of the "Anchorman 2" script. And while there is still a lot of time for things to change, shift and evolve, it's pretty clear that he and Will Ferrell have got a general idea about where the story will go. The good news is that the period setting will remain, the even better news is that we're going to another big gang fight. No word yet if the man on fire will return.
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Adam McKay, Anchorman 2

"We've done about two per cent! Half a per cent? We've got five pages of story notes and chunks of story. We're holing up writing for the next three months," Adam McKay tells Empire about the development of the "Anchorman 2" script. And while there is still a lot of time for things to change, shift and evolve, it's pretty clear that he and Will Ferrell have got a general idea about where the story will go. The good news is that the period setting will remain, the even better news is that we're going to another big gang fight. No word yet if the man on fire will return.

"We already have a couple of ideas for it," McKay said. And while he's been cagey about just what will happen to Ron Burgundy and this pals (likely because he hasn't written the thing out yet), so far we've been teased that it will revolve around a custody battle. Well, McKay does drop a few more hints about what changes on cable Ron will be facing. 

"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."

Since we already known that Ron Burgundy does not handle change well, McKay adds this will throw him and the KVWN-TV gang for a further loop (and does this mean a return of Ben Stiller's Arturo Mendes?). And as awesome as this sounds, it's still a bit of a way off. Filming isn't slated to begin until early in 2013, with a possible Christmas release to follow, but a more likely spring or summer date in 2014. Patience for now. Until then, we'll be sharpening our tridents.

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