EXCLUSIVE: Airplane! writer-directors David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker are teaming up with a cast of celebrities and industry figures to chronicle the making of the influential hit 1980 comedy.
Audiobook Surely You Can’t Be Serious will be narrated by the trio of filmmakers alongside comedians and actors Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Hader, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Molly Shannon, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt and Beau Bridges, and industry including John Landis, Barry Diller and Michael Eisner. It will also include contributions from original Airplane! cast members Bob Hays and Julie Hagerty.
Airplane! premiered on July 2, 1980. With a budget of $3.5M, it went on to make more than $80M at the box office. The slapstick comedy sees a neurotic ex-fighter pilot have to land a commercial airplane after the crew becomes sick with food poisoning.
The audiobook will also chart the story of the ZAZ trio (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker), charting the rise of their comedy troupe Kentucky Fried Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, up until the night of the film’s premiere. The directors explain what drew them to filmmaking and, in particular, comedy.
Also contributing will be Dick Chudnow, Tom Parry, Arne Schmidt, Ken Collins, Bob Weiss, Jon Davison, Ross Harris, Peter Farrelly, Laura Orrico, Joe Praino, Lorna Patterson, Lloyd Schwartz, Joyce Bulifant, Lee Bryant, Rich Markey, Molly Shannon, Hunt Lowry, Marcy Goldman, Patton Oswalt, James Murray, and Pat Proft.
The audiobook will be available from October 3, 2023.