Samuel L. Jackson fought to keep the ‘Snakes on a Plane’ film title from being changed.
The actor starred within the 2006 action panic which features passengers combating a horde of venomous villains which had been placed on the aircraft by a gang boss in an attempt to cause a crash – and he’s now revealed studio bosses wanted to give the film a extra generic name to keep the snakes a secret but he wasn’t happy about it.
Speaking to Vulture, the 74-year-dilapidated actor explained he was indignant about signing on for the film because of the title, saying: “After I heard about ‘Snakes on a Plane’, I had dependable done ‘Formula 51’ with the director [Ronny Yu]. So I called him, was care for: ‘Are you going to make a film called ‘Snakes on a Plane’? Is it what I possess it is?’
“He’s care for: ‘Certain, it’s a plane fat of poisonous snakes became unfastened’. I’m care for: ‘Oh s***, can I be in that?'”
Samuel went on to explain issues started to change after the director left the project, so he was left combating to keep the name.
He added: “I signed on, and then I don’t know what happened. In the heart of all that, the director got fired. I was care for: ‘Oh, successfully I’m peaceful going to make it. F*** that.’
“After I got there, they were attempting to change the name of it to one thing care for ‘Pacific Flight 121’: ‘Cause we don’t want to give it away.’ I was care for: ‘That’s exactly what you want to make! Hell is wrong with you? I signed up for ‘Snakes on a Plane’ and I guarantee you that audiences shall be way extra indignant about ‘Snakes on a Plane’ than ‘Pacific Flight 121’.”
The name ‘Snakes on a Plane’ stayed and the film ended up being directed by David R. Ellis, who also helmed two of the ‘Final Destination’ movies as successfully as ‘Shark Evening’.