Before Anchorman 2 was belatedly given the green light by Paramount, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell were planning to introduce it as a Broadway musical. The plan was to give the sequel six months on the boards and then put it in front of cameras.
And while it remains unknown how far they went in planning that show and how much of it will been retained for the sequel, McKay today told The Playlist that at least some of the songs that were already written will cross over:
There will be some music in Anchorman 2 though for sure, we have some songs already written… Whole song sequences, absolutely… The music sequences we have done… 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.
So there will be singing – how about dancing? McKay's very next comment says Yes:
This one might have a little more movement in it, and the only problem with that is the actors get winded.
I say leave they should leave in the huffing and puffing and flat notes. Seems on message for these films about arrogant, overstuffed buffoons.
Amongst his other plans for the film, McKay says that he wants to fill even the smallest roles with players he loves:
We're talking about… 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 homerun.
McKay has already worked with an incredible network of comedians and actors. This could reach critical mass of That One Guys and That One Gals. Aficionados of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon will want to print this IMDB page out and stick it to their fridge door.
Anchorman 2 gets underway in March.