The snakes are back, and this time they’re in outer space.
Snakes on a Plane has achieved a cult following ever since its 2006 release. If Mystery Science Theater 3000 was still around, it would no doubt profile those airborne reptiles. People love to watch the movie to see snakes bite one person after another on a plane, including a couple guilty of trying to join the Mile High Club while getting high. And, of course, the edited version of the famous line where Jackson drops two M-F bombs in one sentence:
Many herpetologists (snake experts) wondered aloud why the writers and producers didn’t save themselves trouble in the storyline by lowering the cabin temperature in the plane to 50 degrees to neutralize the snakes, since snakes are cold-blooded and can’t move around when cold. But, alas, we would’ve been deprived a movie so corny it’s become a classic.
Look no further: coming in 2011 Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Neville Flynn in Snakes in a Space Shuttle.
In this science-fiction film, Flynn becomes an astronaut and, of course, travels to the International Space Station to conduct top-secret surveillance on drug dealers using an experimental satellite. But the drug dealers angry with him surviving the snakes on the plane in the first movie have other ideas as they smuggle snakes onto the space shuttle. The reptiles are released while the shuttle is in zero gravity on its way to the station.
Jackson’s character this time must once again deal with snakes–this time the floating kind who spit venom into zero gravity in hopes it’ll reach our hero and kill him once and for all.
“Neville just can’t catch a break,” Jackson told Ponderings From Pluto’s C.F. Twob. “He’s frustrated and still traumatized from the plane incident, and now he has to once again do battle against snakes. He’s so panicked he doesn’t realize he could just lower the temperature of the shuttle, or put on his space suit and expose the snakes to the vacuum of space.”
Jackson admits he’ll probably again hear from angry herpetologists regarding how snakes will be treated.
The actor also admits he almost didn’t do this sequel, but changed his mind after producers guaranteed him $20 million, a percentage of the gross and a chance to once again utter an angry phrase that involves his favorite profanity.
Is it possible he’ll say, “I’ve had it with these M*TH*RF*CK*N’ snakes on this M*TH*RF*CK*N’ space shuttle!”?
Jackson added: “Truth be told, ‘m*th*rf*ck*ng’ is my favorite profanity, and whenever I see it in the script of a potential movie project, I’m much more likely to sign on to do the film.”
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