It has come to my attention that this August the greatest film in the history of the known universe will star Samuel L. Jackson as a federal agent fighting killer snakes set loose on an airplane. The name? Snakes on a Plane. Not kidding. For both of you who do not know about the internet hysteria that has been scared up by New Line’s campfest, check out here, or here in general.
If you’re on an airplane and you have a snake problem I don’t get why you would use Samuel Jackson when you could use climate control. Snakes can’t stay very active below 65 fahrenheit or so. Turn the AC to slightly-uncomfortably-cold, wait ten minutes and then send out Samuel Jackson with some tongs to pick them up and put them in a bag.
I nominate the film for best short, and Samuel Jackson for special achievement in the handling of inanimate rubber snakes.
This is pretty funny:
“Snakes”-ophiles already were hard at work. Chris Rohan of Bethesda, Md., created an elaborate, R-rated audio trailer that lovingly mocks the title and movie. “It’s a genius title,” Rohan said. “It’s so stupid it’s great. It invites satire, but it’s something you just love. It’s something I can’t explain. You either get it or you don’t.”
The audio bit uses a Jackson sound-alike shouting, “I want these mother——- snakes off the mother——- plane!” Soon, the growing legion of fans added their voices as they demanded that that phrase also appear in the movie.
Apparently, the studio got the hint. When Ellis assembled Jackson and others for the recent shoot, the filmmakers added more gore, more death, more nudity, more snakes and more death scenes. And they shot a scene where Jackson does utter the line that fans have demanded.
Remember, blogospherians: with great power comes great responsibility.
BTW, I hope that the reshoot included a gratuitous shower scene. Those should never have gone out of style.
I posted the trailer for this in an open thread here not too long ago. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this movie.
I’m not sure this film will be helping Jackson nurse his lead as the highest-grossing movie star of all time.
Why do you have to ruin everything with your leftist, Godless, science talk?
This is simply awesome. I can’t wait for NRO to try and co-opt it as a “conservative movie” though. Seriously, within 6 months one of them will write a book entitled “Snakes on a Plane Conservatives.”
You neglected to mention that Jackson plays a bi-racial, transgendered herpetologist and therefore the movie is destined for the Oscars.
Either the LA Times or the OC Register just had an article about Snakes on a Plane (SoaP). I guess they went back and shot like 5 days worth of extra footage – more deaths, more gore, more swearing, etc. Seems they were just edging into R-rated territory previously, and with the internet fan base that seems to be growing, they figured, why not go all the way to full R.
As to my personal level of anticipation – I just don’t know. When it seemed like it would have been so corny it was funny, a clever marketing campaign might have convinced me to drop $10 to see it. Now that the studio seems to be taking the movie a little more seriously, I just can’t imagine spending the money, or the time.
I’ll wait for an exclusive Balloon Juice review before I make my final decision…
If “taking the movie a little more seriously” means bringing Samuel L. Jackson in for a reshoot so he can say “I want these motherfucking snakes off the motherfucking plane!” then I am all about taking the movie more seriously.
For your average snake, maybe, but these are mutant snakes, immune to the effects of the cold. Didn’tcha know?
This movie may or may not be destined to enter the “Captain in Me” pantheon of great movies to see when one sees them on opening night with a flask and a huge diet coke.
Dude, Where’s My Car?
and (I can only guess because I was too young when it came out to give it the treatment) Hudson Hawk
With laser-beams on their foreheads! I’m getting giddy just thinking about it…(I wonder if I’ll be able to see this as part of a double feature with The Fast and The Furious 3)
Just go to youtube.com, do a search for Snakes On a Plane and you can see both a quick clip of Sam Jackson discussing the movie (“It’s funnnn!!!!”) and some hilarious homemade fake teasers trailers.
I can’t wait for the title of the porn version. My suggestion: “Trouser Snakes On a Plane”
The Other Steve
This just in… Word is President Bush will be giving a speech tonight to address this issue. I have the transcript.
The Other Steve
Nothing will ever match the original!
This debate came up on another forum, where the fanbase there scoffed at the ‘snakes on a plane’ concept…
…and immediately proposed an even BETTER movie idea: ZOMBIES ON A PLANE!
(lest you think you can pound out a guaranteed money-making script on that zombie/plane idea, forget it someone else already wrote one called Flight of the Dead… sigh…)
As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I’m already writing the screenplay for the sequel: Scorpions on a Dirigible.
Move over “Red Dawn.”
I certainly hope not. During the drag race scenes you’d think they were runing a slalom course with all the shifting going on. And whats with the talk of double clutching? Weren’t these modern cars with synchros in the gear box? And who would ever double clutch on an upshift? Whats the point? There’s no need to rev match on an upshift, most racers don’t even use the clutch when upshifting.
Mathematically correct. I have never seen a movie to match it.
Alright, maybe Red Dawn.
Bob In Pacifica
There was a movie a few years ago where Samuel L. Jackson was the only big name actor. It was about a place in the middle of the ocean where they were growing gigantic sharks because something that they got out of their brains helped cure Alzheimer’s (You’d think that they would have just gotten a whole bunch of little ones).
Anyway, not to give away anything, but things go wrong at this giant shark-breeding facility because the bigger sharks that have bigger brains are smarter. A couple of people are gobbled up by the cunning sharks and things are falling apart at the station between the hell-raising sharks and a super hurricane heading right at the place. So Jackson, who is this big macho character, gives this stirring speech to the rest of the people, standing right next to the edge of a pool…
The great thing about it was that the movie was setting you up for Jackson to be the leader of the people struggling against the sharks, but he was, er, gone by halfway through the second reel.
That’s my favorite Samuel Jackson moment, giving a stirring speech and then getting torn up and swallowed by a brainy shark.
Deep Blue Sea, a classic.
Jason X I went to the earliest show opening day. It was me, a homeless dude, and couple teenagers. I had a fucking blast.
No WVU game thread? Too early?
The Other Steve
These were special cars… :-)
Yeah, so it was a bit silly.
But hey, what can you expect from a total rip-off of Point Break, which I’m sure was a total rip-off of an old movie that starred Steve McQueen or an equally awesome movie star quite unlike Theodore Logan.
The Other Steve
You know what I miss? I really miss Cannon Films.
The company that brought us Invasion USA, the next best thing to Red Dawn… Where a Soviet invasion is stopped by Chuck Norris all by himself!
EAT THAT WOLVERINES!
Oh man! chucknorrisfacts.com is down! NOOOO!!!!!
Wait. That’s it? Ever since I heard about the movie I’ve been trying to firgure out how to handle snakes on a plane.
I’m just so disillusioned right now. That’s not hard at all.
Three fav movies to see while under the influence:
Mannequin (“She’s the dummy!”)
Raising Cain (Creepy kid/adult voice: “I’m gonna tell.”)
and that classic…
Showgirls (“I’m a dancer!” Yes, even us ladies love this movie.)
Also, I can’t wait to see what kind of video game tie-in they release for Snakes on a Plane.
Gin Rummy: I always say the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.
Gin Rummy: Simply because you don’t have evidence that something does exist does not mean you have evidence of something that doesn’t exist.
Gin Rummy: What country are you from?
Gin Rummy: ‘What’ ain’t no country I ever heard of! They speak English in ‘What’?
Gin Rummy: English, motherfucker! Do you speak it?
Gin Rummy: So you understand the words I’m saying to you!
Gin Rummy: Well, what I’m saying is that there are known knowns and known unknowns. But there are also unknown things that we know we don’t know.
Gin Rummy: Say what again! Say what again! I dare you! I double dare you, motherfucker! Say what one more time!
“I’m Bill S. Preston, Esquire!”
“And I’m Ted Theodore Logan!”
“And we are: Wyld Stallyns!”
Sorry…seeing the named Theodore Logan set me off.
I believe I may have pulled something from laughing too hard when that scene aired.
They oughta rename the movie then – Shower on a Plane. Or maybe that’ll just be the pr0n version…
Snakes On A Blog is your clearinghouse for all things SoaP. (Yesterday on All Things Considered, NPR had a segment about the internet buzz hiss over SoaP.)
~~~~~~~~~~’Snakes On A Plane (August) and the third season of Battlestar Galactica (October) are the two media properties I’m really going to miss if I deploy to Iraq.