Snakes on a Plane is a American action thriller film  directed by David R. Ellis and starring Samuel L. The film was written by David Dalessandro , John Heffernan, and Sebastian Gutierrez and follows the events of hundreds of snakes being released on a passenger plane in an attempt to kill a trial witness. The film gained a considerable amount of attention before its release, forming large fanbases online and becoming an Internet phenomenon , due to the film's title, casting, and premise. In response to the Internet fan base, New Line Cinema incorporated feedback from online users into its production , and added five days of reshooting. Before and after the film was released, it was parodied and alluded to on television shows and films, fan-made videos, video games , and various forms of literature. Released in the United States and United Kingdom on August 18, , the film received mixed to positive reviews.