'Anchorman 2' Plot Details, NWA Biopic Gets Director, Mark Wahlberg in John Grisham Adaptation

By now, you know that Anchorman 2 is indeed happening. If you don't, watch Will Ferrell make the announcement on Conan O'Brien's cable talk show. Now the focus is turning to what the movie will be about and writer/director Adam McKay, who wrote and helmed the first Anchorman, dropped a few hints in a radio interview transcribed for Salon.

Says McKay, "I don't want to give too much away, but I'll just give a couple of pieces of ideas that we've kicked around. Keep in mind, we're still writing the story, 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."

Hmmm… so does this mean Ron and Veronica have broken up and are fighting for custody of a child or worse, Baxter? While McKay and crew write up the script, is there anything you guys would like to see in the sequel?

For much of the '90s and early 2000s, it seemed like every book author John Grisham put into print ended up on the big screen. The list of adaptations includes The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill and Runaway Jury. Following 2004's Christmas with the Kranks, which was adapted from Grisham's Skipping Christmas, there haven't been any new films hitting theaters.

Mark Wahlberg intends to change that. Variety reports that Wahlberg is in talks to star in The Partner, a legal thriller based on Grisham's 2005 novel. The story follows Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a law firm who devises a way to cheat his company by faking his death, stealing a fortune and moving to Brazil.

The film previously had The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock attached to write and direct, but it appears that is no longer the case. So even if Wahlberg signs on, who do you think should direct?

 

Straight Outta Compton has found its director. The NWA biopic has tapped F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, Law Abiding Citizen) to helm the film. Gray beat out three other directors – John Singleton, George Tillman Jr. (Notorious) and newcomer Elign James (Little Birds).

Much like Tillman's Notorious, Straight Outta Compton will likely have a Behind the Music feel about the rap group N***as with Attitude, which rose to fame in the late '80s. Gray may be the perfect director for this film considering his previous gigs with NWA member Ice Cube. Gray directed Cube's It Was a Good Day music video and made his feature film directorial debut with the Ice Cube comedy Friday.

With Gray jumping onboard this film, it pretty much takes him out of the running for directing Captain America 2. He was one of three directors remaining. That list is down to George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and Community directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

The attention now turns to casting, which could be an interesting process in itself. Who would cast as a mid-20s Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, Eazy-E, MC Ren and Arabian Prince?

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