‘Anchorman 2′ to Include Musical Elements, Numerous Cameos
Plans for the Anchorman sequel are cementing and director Adam McKay told The Playlist that the film will include “whole musical sequences.” McKay is also lining up cameo roles for a “murderer’s row” of comedians. The film will start shooting in March.
Regarding the musical elements, McKay says “We were going to do ‘Anchorman 2′ as a Broadway musical first, for like six months and then go shoot the movie. That was our initial idea.” The director also indicated that the singing would be done live on-set, which with the forthcoming release of Les Misarables is the trending thing to do.
The music sequences we have done — we did ‘Afternoon Delight’ [in 'Anchorman'], Adam Scott and his family singing ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ [in 'Step Brothers'], we did a whole song for ‘Talladega Nights‘ that got cut out, a big, big musical number — we always do it live on the set,” McKay said. “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.” Though, he cautioned: ”This one might have a little more movement in it, and the only problem with that is the actors get winded.”
The primary Anchorman cast has extensive background with music. In addition to the above mentioned items, star Will Ferrell has sung effectively in Step Brothers (”Boats and Hoes”, “Por Ti Volare”), Blades of Glory (”My Humps”), Stranger than Fiction (”Whole Wide World”), and Casa de mi Padre (”Yo No Se” and “Fight for Love”), scoring Earmuff Award nominations for several of these. Steve Carell and Paul Rudd were part of the Earmuff Award winning “Age of Aquarius” song in The 40 Year-Old Virgin, and Carell had a moving rendition of “Let My Love Open the Door” in Dan in Real Life. David Koechner has performed for many years (and briefly on Comedy Central) as T-Bones alongside the Naked Trucker. Christina Applegate has performed on Broadway in Sweet Charity. In other words, plenty of talent to work with.
In addition to the film version of “Afternoon Delight,” a studio version was produced for the soundtrack album and this music video made to promote the film.
Cameos by Vince Vaughn, Tim Robbins, Luke Wilson, Jack Black, and Ben Stiller were an integral part of Anchorman’s success and continued fun. For the sequel, cameos are very much a part of the planning and writing process, where McKay and Ferrell are currently finishing up the script. Regarding the cameos, McKay says ”We’re talking about for ‘Anchorman 2′ 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.”
He’s not mentioned here, but if you were a betting man one should expect a cameo from John C.Reilly as being as close to a sure thing as there is. Especially if music is a central role in the film.