Anchorman in Space?
For better or worse, it looks like the ball of “Anchorman 2” has really started to roll. I remember a time when Will Ferrell said sequels weren’t his thing, but I guess when you’ve pumped out a couple of subpar movies the last couple tries, going back to the well that put you on the map sounds pretty good. I think “Anchorman” was really great for what it was — an absolutely ridiculous movie about and absolutely ridiculous person. But since Ferrell has beaten that format to death on several occasions since then, I’m very interested to see whether or not he and the rest of the “Anchorman” crew can find a way to make the sequel as fresh, quirky and hilarious as the first mustachioed flick.
But the latest news from “Anchorman 2” doesn’t exactly sounds, uhh, promising. This coming from MTV:
“Last I heard they were starting to write it and they were thinking about setting it in the eighties,” Rudd said. “[But] I know when we were shooting it [director] Adam [McKay] said if they ever did something it would have to be really weird like we were on the moon or something. I think it has to go even further if it was to work.”
“I don’t know if it’s a throwaway comment Adam McKay had made at some premiere or something. I think [he’s]’s interested in the idea. I think Will [Ferrell] is too,” Rudd told MTV News. “Certainly it was so fun to make that if they were to do another one I think we’d all be really interested in it.”
Space? Really? Part of the fun of “Anchorman” was the throwback feel of it. The clothes, the furniture, the cars, the mustaches, the technology, the phrases (“I believe it’s pronounced ‘yawgging,’ with a soft ‘J’) — everything about it was so retro. That’s what made it funny. To forget that and put the characters in a completely unfeasible situation — you know, like space, for example — would be moving beyond the ridiculous and into the absurd, and I don’t think that would be a good step for this film to take. Putting the movie in space is the equivalent of forgetting everything that made the first film so funny.
I like the idea of bringing these characters ahead a decade in the reboot. Show them in the styles and whatnot of the ’80s. That could be just as funny, and probably even more ridiculous (Can you imagine Brian Fanatana with a Flock of Seagulls haircut?). But I doubt they’ll go with this minimalist approach. The first one was so popular, and it sounds like Adam Mackay feels like he needs to top it by turning in the most ridiculous script possible.