I had originally tagged a movie trailer to go out with today’s link dump, but I think it deserves its own explanatory post.
Waaaaay back in August of last year the screenwriter of “War of the Worlds,” Josh Freidman, posted an entry titled “Snakes on a motherfucking plane” on his very funny blog. In that post he relates how a studio had courted him to do a rewrite on a script with the title “Snakes on a Plane.” He didn’t get the job, but he loved the title and the concept he eventually heard that Samuel L. Jackson was involved with the project.
Skip several months. The studio does in fact sign Jackson to the film, and then they decide they want to change the title. Jackson balks. He says the only reason he took the job was because of the magnificent title, so the studio ended up changing the name back to “Snakes on a Plane.” Pre-production began and the internet expectations began to grow as well.
People on the net have been practically salivating for this movie. Fans of the concept designed shirts, created fake movie posters, and take great joy in imagining what it will be like when Jackson finally yells “We’ve got snakes on the MOTHERFUCKING plane, and there ain’t a GOTdamn thing you can do about it!” The “snakes on a plane” meme became pervasive, creeping into just about everything exactly like one of the stars of the unreleased film.
And then they released the trailer. I’m sure things will only get crazier from here on in. Check it out:
Snakes on a plane. I’ve got money ready for a ticket.