Could the Lone Rangers take to the stage once again to bring another heavy dose of hard rock to the airwaves? It’s sure looking that way with plans to unite Chester, Rex, and Pip one more time, possibly for a reunion tour. That’s right, the latest Giant Freakin Robot exclusive from our trusted and proven source has it that Warner Bros. is planning a new Airheads with some original cast returning. That would mean Brendan Fraser plus possibly, Adam Sandler, and Steve Buscemi getting together again. This time let’s hope they can avoid any hostage situations.
Details are still emerging about what it would look like to have Brendan Fraser and maybe Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi back in these roles. But I’m all for it. Twenty-eight years after we first met the group, an Airheads revival would mean seeing the aging rockers in a totally new world. Maybe they are dealing with the proliferation of streaming services. Or maybe they are gathering for one more big show. It could be that they shot up to immense fame and then crashed hard. There are a lot of ways this one can go.
The original Airheads movie came out all the way back in 1994 and starred Brendan Fraser as Chester “Chazz Darby” Ogilvie, the lead singer of The Lone Rangers. Buscemi was the bassist Rex, and Sandler was the drummer Pip. The three just want to get their demo tape played on the radio, but are having little-to-no success on that front. So they decide to storm a radio station to demand airtime and in the process end up taking everyone there hostage. It begins a standoff with a number of different silly circumstances that keep the music from getting out over the airwaves.
Eventually, Brendan Fraser and company are able to get the job done, developing a massive cult following in the matter of a few hours, foiling an evil radio executive plot, and becoming heroes in the rock music space. Sure, they go to jail, but get out in time to go on a world tour promoting their music. It ends up being a feel-good story around a totally ridiculous premise, made around the times and not necessarily translatable to the modern-day. But the aging hard rocker story could definitely play, and in some ways has a chance to be even better than the first film.
In addition to Brendan Fraser, Sandler, and Buscemi, a number of other notables made their way into the film. There’s Michael McKean as the station manager and Joe Mantegna as The Shark, a famous radio DJ. Plus Ernie Hudson, Chris Farley, Judd Nelson, and Michael Richards all play smaller roles. And it being a music film, after all, guys like Rob Zombie and Kurt Loder appeared as themselves. It’s unclear who of that group (minus Farley) would be returning for this new movie.
We are sure to get more details about Brendan Fraser and company returning to the Airheads world. Considering the trios continued star power, there is a good chance another movie would outperform the paltry $5.8 million dollars the original made at the box office.