'Snakes on a Plane' Helmer David R. Ellis Dies in South Africa


David R. Ellis


The 'Final Destination 2' director passed away at 60 years old while filming his latest project 'Kite'.

David R. Ellis, the director of the action-thriller "Snakes on a Plane", has died at the age of 60 while working on his latest project "Kite (2015)". Ellis died in Johannesburg, South Africa while filming his latest live-action movie based on the Japanese anime about a young girl trained to be an assassin after the death of her parents. A manager for Ellis confirmed the news of his death, but other information pertaining to his passing was not yet available.

Samuel L. Jackson, star of "Snakes on a Plane", tweeted his thoughts upon learning the sad news. "So sad to hear of David R. Ellis' passing! So talented, so kind, such a good friend. He'll be missed. Gone too soon!" he wrote.

Ellis began his Hollywood career as a child actor in Disney films. After a successful stint as a junior professional surfer, Ellis worked as a stuntman in the films "Smokey and the Bandit II", "Scarface", "Rocky III" and "Lethal Weapon". He became a second unit director on such movies as "Clear and Present Danger", "Waterworld", "The Perfect Storm", "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone" and "The Matrix Reloaded" before finally becoming a director on "Final Destination 2".

He went on to make "Cellular" and "Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco" before directing Jackson in "Snakes on a Plane". Before his death, he worked on the 2011 3D horror action flick "Shark Night 3D" and in the upcoming 2013 releases "R.I.P.D." and "47 Ronin".

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