Samuel L Jackson told the producers of Snakes on a Plane he would quit if they changed the film’s title

Samuel L Jackson has revealed he threatened to quit the film Snakes on an airplane if producers went with its alternative title.

The 2006 action film, directed by David R. Ellis, starred Jackson as an FBI agent on a plane that released dozens of venomous snakes to kill a trial witness.

During an interview on the podcast forgive my taking Jackson reflected on how production company New Line Cinema wanted to change the film’s name after filmmaker Ronny Yu was fired from the film.

Jackson said, “The first day I got there they handed out new pages and gave me this script that said Pacific Flight 121and I’m like, ‘The shit is that?'”

The studio informed the actor that the film’s name had been changed so as not to spoil its plot.

To which Jackson replied, “You want to do exactly that! I’m not here to do anything pacific flight 121, I’m here to do Snakes on an airplaneand if the movie is called that, I’ll stop.”

Snakes on an airplane was one of the most internet hyped movies of all time and thanks to its title and premise it garnered a huge following before it was released. However, the buzz didn’t translate into box office receipts. The film grossed $62 million (£52.5 million) worldwide and was made on a budget of $33 million (£27.9 million).

Jackson in “Snakes on a Plane”

(New line cinema)

Next up in the TV series is Jackson in his Marvel role as super spy Nick Fury Secret invasion.

The next year, Olivia Colman, Ben Mendelsohn and Kingsley Ben-Adir also appear on the show. Samuel L Jackson told the producers of Snakes on a Plane he would quit if they changed the film’s title


JOE HERNANDEZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JOE HERNANDEZ joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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