The Atlanta location missing in Anchorman 2

Explain to me why a movie about 24/7 cable is set in New York.


Like any obsessed Atlantan, I scanned the latest Anchorman 2 trailer to spot scenes of our fair city, which doubled as both San Diego and New York City during the movie’s filming here. But what really struck me is a notable Atlanta absence.

In Anchorman: The Legend Continues, Ron and the gang are recruited by “GNN,” the fledgling “global news network.” And naturally, because this is Hollywood, they move to NEW YORK. This bit of cinematic illogic makes my head spin. Why go to pains to make downtown ATL look like late-seventies NYC if you’re depicting the origins of 24/7 cable news, which we all know originated in ATLANTA?

Maybe it’s the moviemakers’ New York-centric worldview. But just think of the wasted potential. For one thing, lots of downtown Atlanta still appears to be trapped in the 1970s, so the film makers would have been spared the trouble and expense of revamping Woodruff Park and hanging up phony street signs. And, just think of the comedic value of a Ted Turner-inspired character chewing the scenery at the SunDial or striding through, oh, perhaps the CNN headquarters, which are, let me mention again, IN ATLANTA.

Oh, and if you do watch the trailer looking for ATL locations, the late, lamented (by me, anyway) City Grill in Hurt Plaza appears to make a cameo at the 45-second mark.

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  • blackbird13

    The simple answer is that New York as a destination is always a metaphor for stepping up or taking a chance. Atlanta–especially circa 1980–would not represent such a move up. Instead, people would expect jokes about the Dukes of Hazzard or Deliverance.

  • T

    The simple fact is that New York received 1.4 Trillion
    dollars in 2008 and 2009 as a reward for failing. This
    money is then filtered down into various New York
    centric activity, like building stadiums, filling potholes
    and, oh .. maybe providing the New York Film Commission
    with money for a massive incentive program you don’t.

    New York is a bailed out failure, rewarded by Washington.

    And anytime you see someone driving, flying or swinging
    down the center of Times Square, you’re not at a movie.
    You just paid big money for a commercial.

    Because New York doesn’t have an entertainment industry.
    It has an advertisement industry.
    And I won’t see this sequel.