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When it was announced that the long-rumored sequel to 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' was a reality, speculations as to its possible content were inevitable. However, those speculations have so far been fed directly by director Adam McKay who, while finishing the script with Will Ferrell, has been leaking potential plot points left and right. A couple weeks ago, he let slip a clue in the form of the words "custody battle." Now, McKay has dropped a second hint during a recent interview, specifically about the era in which it will be set and the societal changes taking place at that time. Here's what he said...
"It's right when all the news started changing with the 24-hours news cycle in '78 or '79. 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."
So 'Anchorman 2' will involve the Action News team struggling once again with that old, old wooden ship known as diversity? I suppose that could make for some funny moments, but it seems a bit familiar. The first film was all about the changing landscape of the job market and how the inclusion of a woman shook up the boys club. I hope there's more to this racial angle than just hitting those same beats again with a minority anchor in place of a woman. It just seems like we're in danger of getting an extremely repetitive sequel unless this threadline is somehow offset by the previously mentioned custody battle story device. I'm not saying this has turned me off to 'Anchorman 2,' that would be a bit hasty, but it does make me a tad nervous.
What do you guys think? Could they mine enough new material from this plot point to avoid repeating themselves? Why aren't they going to space like McKay joked about long ago and far away?