Though noting that the script is still being polished, director Adam McKay teases that Burgundy could bowl for dollars and also get caught in a custody battle in the sequel.
Building the anticipation of the recently-announced "Anchorman" sequel, director Adam McKay offered a hint at plot details of the follow-up movie. Though he didn't reveal too many clues, McKay did open up that Ron Burgundy will face a "custody battle" in the sequel.
When asked by Salon about what's going to happen with the mustached newsman in "Anchorman 2", the filmmaker carefully responded, "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," he noted before adding, "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." The hint could reveal a possible plot that there will be more relational conflict between Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone.
The plot hint aside, McKay explained why it took nine years for Burgundy to come back to the big screen. He said, "Well, first off, we went and did some other movies; that was the initial delay. By the time we heard from enough fans and heard enough of the demand for a sequel, it had been a few years."
"We went to the studio and they kind of weren't into it initially," he revealed. "They said the original one made pretty good money, but for what it made we'll give you this and this, and it was a very low budget. We would have all been working for free to do it."
"For the next couple of years we'd check in with them every now and then and go, 'Are you sure you don't want to do it?' And finally they had said basically no three times and we had given up and thought all right, let's go do another movie," McKay added.
In late March, Will Ferrell, clad in Burgudy's costume, confirmed that "Anchorman 2" is officially in the works. As he stopped by TBS' "CONAN", the actor announced, "As of 0900 Mountain Time, Paramount Pictures and myself, Ronald Aaron Burgundy, have come to terms on a sequel to 'Anchorman'. It is official! There will be a sequel to 'Anchorman'. There will be a sequel."
The original "Anchorman" was developed at DreamWorks, but later Paramount took over the franchise. The story revolves around Burgundy, who is a top-rated anchorman in San Diego in the '70s. The film grossed $90.5 million worldwide against the budget of a mere $26 million.