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Boy, that escalated quickly. A few weeks ago, we learned that the long-delayed Anchorman sequel would become a reality. Now director and co-writer Adam McKay has started to tease what might happen in the film.

When asked about the plot of Anchorman Dos, McKay told Salon that he didn’t want to give away too much. He did, however, reveal “a couple pieces of ideas” that he’s discussed with co-writer Will Ferrell. Specifically: “I’ll say one phrase for you: custody battle. I’ll give you that. I’ll give you one other one: bowling for dollars.”

Since McKay and Ferrell are still penning the sequel, we shouldn’t read too much into these hints. But we might already know one crucial element: when the sequel takes place. Back in 2008, Ferrell and McKay indicated that the movie was originally set in the ’80s. But though the game show technically ran until the ’00s, Bowling for Dollars had its heyday in the ’70s. “Custody battle” also makes me think of Kramer vs. Kramer, the 1979 film that followed a divorced couple’s adventures in court. Sure, we don’t have much to go on here — but these hints could indicate that Anchorman 2 won’t leave the Me Decade.

How do you interpret McKay’s cryptic words, PopWatchers? Are you hoping to see the Channel 4 gang brought into the ’80s, or even the 21st century? Also, if you want to ignore my questions and just post Anchorman quotes in the comments, I won’t even be mad; that’s amazing.

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