‘Snakes on a Plane’ director David R. Ellis dies

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10:44 AM January 8th, 2013

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By: Derrik J. Lang, January 8th, 2013 10:44 AM

Actor Samuel L. Jackson, left, poses outside with director David R. Ellis at Comic-Con International in San Diego in this July 21, 2006 file photo. AP

“Snakes on a Plane” director David R. Ellis has died. He was 60 years old.

Ellis’ manager, David Gardner, confirmed his death Monday but declined to provide details.

The Hollywood Reporter says Ellis’ body was found in a hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was working on “Kite,” a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime film that was to have starred “Snakes on a Plane” actor Samuel L. Jackson.

No cause of death has been released.

Ellis’ directing credits included “Shark Night 3D,” ”The Final Destination,” ”Cellular” and “Final Destination 2.” He also worked on such films as “Misery,” ”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Waterworld.”

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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