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'lance
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posted 06 June 2006 09:34 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can't believe this hasn't made it to babble yet.

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Snakes on a Plane is an action/horror film scheduled to be released by New Line Cinema on August 18, 2006. The David R. Ellis-helmed film was written by David Dalessandro, John Heffernan, Sheldon Turner and stars Samuel L. Jackson. Although it is now in post-production, and the film wrapped up principal photography in August of 2005, five days of additional re-shooting have been done to bring the movie from a PG-13 rating to an R rating.[1] Though officially designated as action/horror, there has been speculation that the film is actually intended to be a dark, absurdist, or surreal comedy, and destined to become a cult film.
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Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) and Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips), FBI agents, escort John Saunders (Mark Houghton), a former Mafia member, to testify in a highly publicized case. In the course of a flight between Hawaii and California, an assassin pays airport security to sneak a time-release crate of 400 snakes of various sizes on board in the hope of killing the witness.[2]

The film generated much pre-release interest on the Internet due to its title and premise. Much of the publicity Snakes on a Plane has received is due to a blog entry made by screenwriter Josh Friedman, who had been offered a chance to work on the script.[3] The casting of popular actor Samuel L. Jackson further increased anticipation. Ronny Yu was originally slated to direct and spoke enthusiastically about the project before leaving due to budget disputes and "creative differences." He was replaced by David R. Ellis.

At one point, the film's working title was altered to Pacific Air Flight 121. In August 2005, a perturbed Samuel L. Jackson told an interviewer, "We're totally changing that back. That's the only reason I took the job: I read the title."[4] In another interview in early 2006, Jackson claimed that once he learned about the movie title being changed he said: "What are you doing here? It's not Gone with the Wind. It's not On the Waterfront. It's Snakes on a Plane!"[5] The film was soon reverted to the working title of Snakes on a Plane on March 2, 2006.


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Now, after all this buildup, like as not the thing will flop. Still... a movie that its would-be fans have got hold of, in a sense, and managed to get some changes made to, before it's even released. This is something new in the movie business, so far as I know.


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Papal Bull
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posted 06 June 2006 09:45 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It happened to X3. I'm not going to bring that to this board though.

Snakes on a Plane is something I've been obsessing over for ages now. The entire premise was absurd. The title, the talent...everything. I adore the freaking idea. I'm already in line to see it. In fact my friend and I are planning on going in costume. As a bunch of snakes and an airplane. And someone dressed like Samuel L Jackson (leather coat with a sign saying "Motherfucking Samuel L Jackson"


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'lance
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posted 07 June 2006 12:59 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I take it you're talking about the third X-Men movie? (First thing I thought of was some kind of video-game console, a la the X-Box. What can I say, I'm an old gyu).

I wasn't thinking of "series" movies, or movies based on pre-existing media (books or comic books or whatever). But obviously you're right, fans end up with some input or at least influence when those get made. Star Trek would be another example.

I was only vaguely aware of this whole schtick for the longest time -- saw some spoof posters here and there on the net, but didn't realize that they referred to an actual movie as opposed to someone's gag idea of one. It was only when I heard some guy talking about it on CBC Radio a few weeks back that I clued in.

The songs and theme music were what got me -- or, better, the "audition clips" of Jack Nicholson, Christopher Walken et al reading for the part. Priceless.


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rasmus
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posted 11 June 2006 02:51 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is a thrilling world-historical event. I can't wait. The armies of surrealism have won and they will proclaim victory from their theatre seats when Snakes on a Plane comes out. The kids are having parties the night before.

Snakes in a party. Snakes on the dance floor. Snakes in your bed.

This is your brain. This is your brain on snakes.


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moal
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posted 11 June 2006 05:45 PM      Profile for moal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The other fun thing about this movie is that lots of fans have made their own homemade movie trailers. some of them are hilarious and you can find them on any video site.
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'lance
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posted 11 June 2006 09:59 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by rasmus raven:
This is a thrilling world-historical event. I can't wait. The armies of surrealism have won and they will proclaim victory from their theatre seats when Snakes on a Plane comes out. The kids are having parties the night before.

It might be a Pyrrhic victory though, if the movie turns out to be just another run-of-the-mill action flick, i.e. as dull as dishwater. Sorry, grey water. I mean, er, ah...


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obscurantist
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posted 11 June 2006 10:34 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This film sounds like a Saturday Night Live sketch that's got out of hand. In other words, it sounds like a Saturday Night Live spinoff movie. SNL's modus operandi has always been to take a mildly funny joke -- the kind that might come up in a conversation and provide about ten seconds' worth of laughs -- and beat it to death by repeating it over and over and over and over again.

"Hey, wouldn't it be neat if there was like an action movie where there were these deadly snakes on a plane?"

"Hey, yeah. It'd be like horror monster movie meets airliner-in-peril drama. I can see it."

"You could throw in Samuel L. Jackson too...."

"Ha! 'Someone get these motherfucking snakes off of this motherfucking plane!' Heh. Cool."

"You know, I got a friend who works in Hollywood. He could probably get that made into a film."

"What? You're kidding, right?"

"No, man, I'm serious."

"Oh. You do? Wow. Yeah, but I mean, we were just joking around. They wouldn't actually make a MOVIE with Samuel L. Jackson and a bunch of snakes on a plane, would they?"

"Dude. They made 'It's Pat' into a movie. Do you even have to ask?"


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 12 June 2006 01:57 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Yossarian:
This film sounds like a Saturday Night Live sketch that's got out of hand...

Like Cats with lasers?


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'lance
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posted 17 July 2006 12:44 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's an ingenious take on Snakes on a Plane.

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The producers of "Snakes on a Plane" tried to keep up appearances by surreptitiously changing the title to "Pacific Air Flight 121." The public, including star Samuel L. Jackson, was understandably outraged. By then we had already received the revelation of "Snakes on a Plane," and the producers were foolhardily trying to put the scales back over our eyes. If the title had stayed "Flight 121," it would have ended up in the dustbin of bad, bad movies. But the studio reinstated the old title, turning bad movie into cult classic.

This reveals the meaning of the cult classic. The C factor lies not in the shittiness of the film but in the agreement between moviemaker and moviegoer on the film's shittiness. The moviegoer goes to see a movie and thinks, "Wow, this movie is going to be terrible for X, Y and Z reasons." The bad movie delivers reasons X, Y and Z. The cult film responds, "Oh yeah? You think you know X, Y and Z? We're gonna show you some X, Y and Z!"

"Snakes on a Plane" is an agreement, but one born of an unlikely power shift. It's an agreement between moviegoer and Hollywood. It's an agreement between David and Goliath, where Goliath slips up and calls himself a knuckle-dragging retard giant.

Thus the moviegoer's love for "Snakes on a Plane" is not infantile, because in New Line's decision to reshoot and repackage the movie to suit public demand it looks as though Goliath has lain down before David. This is scary not only for all Goliaths out there but also for critics, like Chuck Klosterman, who worry that filmmaking is becoming a spectator sport. The film should be an unadulterated nugget of gold presented by the artist and enjoyed by the viewer, they contend. How dare movie studios treat the blogosphere as a massive focus group, and their movie as a product to be sold? For shame!

...

Americans don't just love the culture industry; they fetishize it. But Americans are also savvier than most theoreticians believe. The lamest and most transparent attempts of the culture industry to deceive us are defeated not by outright rejection, but by assimilation. The worse the slogan, the better the T-shirt. A secular humanist wearing a T-shirt that says "Jesus Is my Homeboy!" is the same as a movie fan loving "Snakes on a Plane." It's an act of dissent that also strangely supports the establishment. It's like cheering for the emperor's nakedness.

Can we cheer the wall down? Probably not. The criticism and the impossibility of criticism are both part of Snakes on a Plane.


Edit:

Searching for this thread using google, I forgot at first to add the site name, and searched using only the phrase "Snakes on a Plane." This brought up approximately 6,600,000 hits.

Six million, six hundred thousand.

Snakes on a plane!

[ 17 July 2006: Message edited by: 'lance ]


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