'Snakes on a Plane' Director Wants Next Film To Have Equally Idiotic Title

February 9, 2011

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David R. Ellis--who garnered so much ironic goodwill with his aptly-titled film about snakes being on a plane, Snakes on a Plane--is hoping to carry on his tradition of making his films notable only for their incomparably reductive titles. The director currently has a listing for "Untitled 3D Shark Thriller" on his IMDb page (which primarily lists stunt work, like he did for Hotel for Dogs, by the bye), and, according to a recent interview, he's hoping it will stay that way, telling Vulture he's campaigning to get his upcoming, untitled, 3-D shark thriller to be released with the near-demeaning title, Untitled 3D Shark Thriller.

I kind of like that. And you can't argue with his logic:

“I hated the original title [Shark Night 3D], too," says Ellis, reached in his editing bay, "so at our weekly production meetings, I made everyone on the crew come up with names — Chums, Fins, Terror on the Lake — but they all seemed kind of cheesy. And so until I hear a better name, I like what we’ve got right now: Untitled 3D Shark Thriller. The title says everything you need to know: 'We’ve got sharks.' 'It’s in 3D.' and, 'It’s a thriller.'”

Your move, "Untitled Syfy Sequel to Sharktopus."

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