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March 23, 2006

Snakes on a Plane!


Is there anyone out there on the Internet who does not believe this film won't make $50 million the opening weekend? Especially now that it's added Sam Jackson bellowing "I want these mother------- snakes off the mother------- plane!" in reshoots. That's $10 million right there. Hell, I'm going just for that line.

Snakes on a Plane! Man, you just never get tired of saying it.

Posted by john at March 23, 2006 03:22 PM

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Kafkaesquí | March 23, 2006 03:25 PM

I'm already in line, brother.

(This is going to be bigger than Star Wars!)

John Scalzi | March 23, 2006 03:28 PM

It'll be better than any of the recent Star Wars, in any event.

Mark J Musante | March 23, 2006 03:48 PM

I think $20 million of its earnings will be based on the title alone

Gabe | March 23, 2006 04:04 PM

It's going to be a complete and utter train wreck. I can't wait!

Martin Wagner | March 23, 2006 04:04 PM

I do hope it rocks and we aren't building our expectations too high. Still, the fact that they're doing reshoots specifically to get an R certainly bodes well.

Trent Goulding | March 23, 2006 04:07 PM

Seriously, either you get it or you don't (i.e. you either say "that's the goddamn coolest title I've ever heard", and then giggle incoherently to yourself for the next hour, or you wrinkle your brow and mutter "that sounds kind of stupid")

I don't know if I'm that interested in the substance of the movie, but the title is in some realm of Zen perfection, and the mental image of Samuel L. Jackson delivering some permutation of the line "snake on a mutherfuckin' plane" makes me want to get up and do a little happy dance.


claire | March 23, 2006 04:29 PM

scalzi, that was a sublime bit of triple negativing. is there anyone who doesn't believe this movie won't ... ? i have no idea what you're trying to say here, but as a tactic for avoiding committing yourself to a definite prediction about this movie, it's genius.

John Scalzi | March 23, 2006 04:31 PM

I'm all about equivocating. Maybe.

| March 23, 2006 04:34 PM

If you haven't read Josh Friedman's blog post about "Snakes on a Plane" you should.

It's a title, it's a concept, it's a lifestyle choice. What's not to like?

uhura | March 23, 2006 04:47 PM

I can't wait for this movie. Snakes on a Plane and Sam Jackson - how do you NOT go see this and get the extra ginormous tub of popcorn, gallon of butter, and crop dusting of salt? Mmmmmm.

And in case anyone cares, I LOVED 'V for Vendetta'. I might go see it again.

Kevin Q | March 23, 2006 06:08 PM

I think my favorite working title of all time is "Untitled Teenage Sex Comedy That Can Be Made For Under $10 Million That Most Readers Will Probably Hate But I Think You Will Love."

Unfortunately, those filmmakers didn't have the courage of the Snake on a Plane producers, and went with the much more boring American Pie.


Mdean | March 23, 2006 06:20 PM

A link to the trailer

anghara | March 23, 2006 06:46 PM

Being snake phobic, I will stay as far away from this one as I can. Preferably I'll go to a different country while it's on release. And if anyone throws a trailer of it at me in a cinema where I am to watch another movie or on TV, I *will* go catatonic on them.

That's not a threat. It's a promise.

Anonymous | March 23, 2006 08:33 PM

"Put down your peanuts! There are SNAKES ON THE PLANE!"

I'm so excited, my nipples could cut glass right now. This movie is going to be pure gold. Pure gold I say. Pure. Gold.

mythago | March 23, 2006 11:24 PM

How do you NOT go see this? Because you wait for the DVD and invite all your friends over for beer and popcorn, duh.

I must say that while I don't mind snakes, as I spend a lot of time on planes, I don't believe the two mix.

Kafkaesquí | March 23, 2006 11:39 PM

Planes and snakes *don't* mix. This is but another example of the brilliance behind this film!

Jon H | March 24, 2006 12:02 AM

Only one thing could make it better - if at the climactic scene of the movie, in the middle of an inspiring speech, Jackson were suddenly swallowed whole by a giant shark.

Yes, swallowed whole by a giant shark on the plane.

Hell, if nothing else they should do that for a DVD extra.

Martin Wagner | March 24, 2006 12:20 AM

If this movie is the huge hit we're all anticipating, I can just imagine the slew of subsequent knockoffs. Bats on the Bus. Scorpions in the SUV. Wasps in the Winnebago.

John Scalzi | March 24, 2006 01:23 AM

Bats in the Belfrey.

Chris | March 24, 2006 02:08 AM

I seem to recall reading an interview with Samuel L. Jackson when this movie was starting to pick up cult noteriety on the 'net where he said that the title was pretty much the only reason why he took the role, and that if the studio tried to change it (which they were at the time) he would work against them.

Even Samuel L. Jackson realizes that simply having the title of "Snakes on a Plane" is just pure marketing genius.

LiquidCloud9 | March 24, 2006 07:36 AM

Oh man! Does anyone remember that SNL sketch, with the cobra on the plane? Did they cast Will Farrell as the pilot.

Brandon | March 24, 2006 08:27 AM

I'm just hoping that somehow that can work in the line "It's the one that says Bad Motherf*&^er on it." Not sure how they would do it, but I never would have thought of having a movie where snakes invade a plane, so clearly I'm at a disadvantage.

WizarDru | March 24, 2006 10:14 AM

Inconcievable! How could this discussion have gone on this long
without this?

TonyD | March 24, 2006 11:06 AM

Every time I read anything about Snakes on a Plane! I laugh myself silly. And Samuel L Jackson being in this movie FANtastic, I just wonder if he's going to get medevil on them snakes?

Erbo | March 24, 2006 11:39 AM

How can you not like this concept? I mean, it's got SNAKES! And they're on a PLANE!

And, since it stars Samuel L. Jackson, you just know the word "motherf***er" is going to be involved.

Even the logo is perfect....

"A movie with snakes, on a plane? BRILLIANT!"

Bobarino | March 24, 2006 02:46 PM

This may be the single dumbest movie premise in the history of cinema. I don't see how it can miss.

mythago | March 25, 2006 12:35 AM

Planes and snakes *don't* mix. This is but another example of the brilliance behind this film!

Oh, I agree wholeheartedly. I'm just a little concerned that Southwest Airlines might try some kind of marketing tie-in.

Bruce Arthurs | March 25, 2006 11:48 PM

Inevitably, after several disappointing big-screen sequels, the S.O.A.P. franchise will move to made-for-cable versions:

The Sci-Fi Channel: Snakes On A Planet

The DIY Channel: Snakes On A Planer

C-Span: Snakes On A Panel

John Scalzi | March 26, 2006 02:40 PM

One can only hope, Bruce. One can only hope.

zakur | April 6, 2006 01:54 PM

In the Event of Snakes on a Plane

That Neil Guy | June 30, 2006 01:44 PM

Walking through Barnes & Nobles this morning, a paperback tie-in novel of Snakes on a Plane caught my eye. What really struck me was how thick the book looked. Granted, it's been a long long time since I've examined, let alone read, a movie novelization, but I was gobsmacked to see this one clock in at 400+ pages The layout didn't seem crazy (huge fonts with wide margins or anything like that).

So could it be that Snakes on a Plane is truly more of a philosophical treatise than a movie? Could it be that writhing beneath the surface of this ur-action movie are ideas and concepts that advance the human condition, ideas that have been explicated in novel form? Could Snakes on a Plane be this century's Atlas Shrugged?

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