The fact that "Snakes on a Plane" was apparently heavily informed in tone (as outlined by Jacqueline Trescott in the Washington Post) by the websites (e.g. Snakes on a Blog, whose author, 26-year-old law student Brian Finkelstein, has managed to get quoted in damn near every paper in the country) that early on seized upon the film’s ever-so-literal working title as the source of endless hilarity could start such a disturbing trend that we don’t ever want to think on it.
Actually, we had some lengthy "humor" bits we were going to include here, but fuck it, this post is really just an excuse to link to Marc Keinath and Kyle Nuske‘s "Possible ‘Surprise’ Endings to the New Samuel L. Jackson Film ‘Snakes on a Plane’" in McSweeney’s:
After single-handedly killing all snakes on board and landing the plane, Jackson steps onto the tarmac and removes his trench coat only to reveal that he is, in fact, made entirely out of snakes.
In the Toronto Star, Peter Howell starts in on the impossibly expectations that have been built up for what is, after all, just the simple, straightforward tale of an airborne Sam Jackson wrestling with masses of deadly serpents.
"Snakes on a Plane" has become such a talking point on the Internet, it feels as if the movie has already come, gone and left the T-shirt. The Internet Movie Database this week polled users as to what they’d like to call a SoaP sequel, and more than 14,000 of them had an answer, an indication of how much public awareness the movie has already generated.
The top choice was the boring "Snakes on a Train," just ahead of "Planes on a Snake," but other suggestions included "Snakes on a Plane: The Fellowship of the Snakes" and "Snakes on a Plane Reloaded."
+ An Unfinished Flick’s Online Fang Club (Washington Post)
+ POSSIBLE "SURPRISE" ENDINGS TO THE NEW SAMUEL L. JACKSON FILM SNAKES ON A PLANE. (McSweeney’s)
+ Is hype hiss of death for Snakes? (Toronto Star)