‘Snakes on a Plane’ Director David R. Ellis Found Dead At 60
David R. Ellis, best known for directing Snakes on a Plane, died on location in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday. He was 60.
Ellis was found dead in the bathroom of his hotel room. The police maintain that there is no foul play suspected, although no cause of death has yet been established. Ellis was in South Africa for the pre-production of his upcoming film Kite – which was to reunite the director with his Snakes on a Plane star, Samuel L. Jackson, according to The New York Times. Jackson wrote about the tragedy on Twitter. "So sad to hear of David R Ellis passing! So talented, so kind, such a Good Friend. He'll be missed," he tweeted. "Gone too soon!"
While Ellis is most recognized as the director of films like Snakes on a Plane and the first two Final Destination movies, his first credit was for stunt work. Over the years, Ellis racked up 75 stunt credits for films such as Scarface and Fatal Attraction.
Ellis also worked as a second unit director in a number of films, including The Perfect Storm, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Matrix Reloaded.