ZAZ Wanted More Control

(L-R) Otto, Julie Haggerty and Ted Hays in Airplane! Paramount

Though they were happy with The Kentucky Fried Movie, Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker came out of the experience determined to direct their next movie themselves. So they held out in negotiations with Paramount for the right to be the first directing trio, and entered a protracted appeals process with the Directors Guild of America to make sure they would all be allowed to direct Airplane together.

“I think that not having control on Kentucky Fried Movie probably spurred them to approach Airplane! saying, ‘We’re directing this one ourselves!”

Things worked out OK, as you know if you’ve ever seen Airplane.

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