Hollywood may be flying the unfriendly skies once again.
After the attacks of Sept. 11, the major studios grounded any pics with plots revolving around terrorists, and especially anything involving terror in the skies. But a number of projects in development signal that plots dealing with unfortunate events on airplanes are taking off again.
Disney is preparing to start production on the Imagine Entertainment-produced thriller “Flight Plan,” to star Jodie Foster and Sean Penn. Pic is about an FBI agent who tries to help a woman find her daughter who has mysteriously disappeared during a flight.
At DreamWorks, a thriller called “Red Eye” is in the works. Studio describes the project as “Phone Booth” in a plane and is looking to release the pic sometime next year. It revolves around a woman held captive by a man who threatens to kill her father unless she helps him arrange the assassination of a wealthy businessman.
And, taking airborne jeopardy to strange new levels, New Line recently acquired “Snakes on a Plane” — about an assassin who unleashes a crate of snakes on a passenger jet over the Pacific in an effort to eliminate a witness in protective custody. The pilot and passengers must band together to survive. Ronnie Yu (“Freddy vs. Jason”) will direct.
It was only a matter of time before things got scary at 30,000 feet again. Hollywood has slowly begun boarding airplane-related projects again — but largely as romantic comedies, reality shows or dramas.
Steven Spielberg directed comedy “The Terminal,” while cabler A&E launched the reality hour “Airline” and NBC added the quirky drama “LAX” to its fall schedule.