“Anchorman 2″ will be set during shift to 24-hour news cycle – IFC

“Anchorman 2″ will be set during shift to 24-hour news cycle

Will Ferrell in

Photo: Will Ferrell in “Anchorman,” courtesy Paramount

“It’s right when all the news started changing with the 24-hours news cycle in ‘78 or ’79,” says director Adam Mckay.

Posted April 23rd, 2012, 3:04 PM by Terri Schwartz

Not much is known about the plot of “Anchorman 2,” but it seems like director and co-writer Adam McKay might have just given away a big detail from it.

In an interview with Empire, McKay revealed that the flick will be set at the end of the 1970s and will deal with the shift to a 24-hour news cycle. Somehow we doubt that Ron Burgundy will be happy with other news anchors trying to steal his spotlight.

“It’s right when all the news started changing with the 24-hours news cycle in ’78 or ’79,” McKay explained. “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.”

He continued, “We know these guys never deal well with change, 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.”

That’s pretty much in keeping with what we last heard about the film from McKay. He shared earlier this month that our favorite news team is in for a change.

“I’ll tell you we’re staying roughly period, and I would just say it’s the next stage in the development of American media and news. The fun of these characters is they confront change very poorly. [laughs] So they’ve got some more change coming their way. I can say that pretty safely,” he said.

It turns out that McKay and Will Ferrell have spent more time talking about “Anchorman 2″ recently than they have actually working on it. There have been some outlines written and ideas thrown around, but McKay said in this new interview that they’re going to spend the next few months really cracking down on the script.

“We’ve done about two percent! Half a percent? We’ve got five pages of story notes and chunks of story,” McKay said. “We’re holing up writing for the next three months.”

He did add that they have been talking about including a gang fight to rival the one in “Anchorman.” “We already have a couple of ideas for it,” McKay teased. Who’s to say whether these current ideas will remain in the film’s final form, but for now consider us pretty pumped.

“Anchorman 2″ is slated to start shooting at the beginning of next year and be release anywhere between Christmas 2013 and May 2014. The main cast is all expected to return.

Do you think that the rise of 24-hour news programs is a good time period to set “Anchorman 2″ in? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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