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Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis has died

Jan. 7, 2013by: Alex Maidy

David R. Ellis, director of the infamous Samuel L. Jackson movie SNAKES ON A PLANE, died today at the age of 60. While not a recognizable name to all, Ellis was a consistent figure in Hollywood, having directed the movies HOMEWARD BOUND II, FINAL DESTINATION 2, CELLULAR, ASYLUM, THE FINAL DESTINATION, and most recently SHARK NIGHT 3D. Ellis also worked as a second unit director on major studio films such as HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCEROR'S STONE, THE MATRIX RELOADED, MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, and the upcoming films R.I.P.D., 47 RONIN, and WINTER'S TALE.

Aside from his extensive work behind the camera, Ellis also was an accomplished stunt performer having worked in 75 different movies, including MISERY, PATRIOT GAMES, LETHAL WEAPON, TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., SCARFACE, and many more. With such a varied career, he will certainly be remembered by many in Hollywood.

Ellis was in South Africa for pre-production on the adaptation of the manga KITE which was to feature Samuel L. Jackson. No cause of death has been released. With his various projects in the works, including 4 other films in pre-production, it remains to be seen what will happen. First and foremost, our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

David R. Ellis, JoBlo, and The Arrow at Comic Con 2011. R.I.P.

Source: Deadline

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1:35AM on 01/09/2013
Very underrated director, IMO. This is very sad.
Very underrated director, IMO. This is very sad.
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10:55PM on 01/07/2013
While his movies aren't the most accomplished bunch, both Cellular and Snakes on a Plane are rather great escapism, in every way. Not deep, but extremely fun ways to kill time. Plus he came off like a really cool guy in interviews.
While his movies aren't the most accomplished bunch, both Cellular and Snakes on a Plane are rather great escapism, in every way. Not deep, but extremely fun ways to kill time. Plus he came off like a really cool guy in interviews.
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10:37PM on 01/07/2013
R.I.P. I didn't know he was a stunt performer in addition to a director - stuntpeople are unsung heroes and deserve lots of respect.
R.I.P. I didn't know he was a stunt performer in addition to a director - stuntpeople are unsung heroes and deserve lots of respect.
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8:22PM on 01/07/2013
Sucks. He was a decent filmmaker and I love the film Cellular. It's sad when anyone dies, and this is no exception.
Sucks. He was a decent filmmaker and I love the film Cellular. It's sad when anyone dies, and this is no exception.
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6:48PM on 01/07/2013

I'm sad...

Though I hated his recent films, FD2 hands down is the best of the franchise, and Snakes on A Plane was a fun guilty pleasure. I wouldv'e loved to see how KITE would've turned out. Sadly we wont.

RIP.
Though I hated his recent films, FD2 hands down is the best of the franchise, and Snakes on A Plane was a fun guilty pleasure. I wouldv'e loved to see how KITE would've turned out. Sadly we wont.

RIP.
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6:35PM on 01/07/2013

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R.I.P david. you were a really good filmaker who gave us some pretty awesome films. Thank you so much for FD 2 and snakes on a plane. My thoughts go out to his family.
R.I.P david. you were a really good filmaker who gave us some pretty awesome films. Thank you so much for FD 2 and snakes on a plane. My thoughts go out to his family.
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6:15PM on 01/07/2013
Another sad loss, after Huell Howser died yesterday. May not have been the best talent in Hollywood, but he has a good sized resume and directed some decent entertainment. The guy was all set to direct the adaptation of Kite too. Sad week.
Another sad loss, after Huell Howser died yesterday. May not have been the best talent in Hollywood, but he has a good sized resume and directed some decent entertainment. The guy was all set to direct the adaptation of Kite too. Sad week.
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6:06PM on 01/07/2013

R.I.P. Ellis

Sad news to hear. He might not have directed the best films, but they were always entertaining and fun. You should rephrase the opening to "While he may not be a recognizable name to all, Eliis was.....". He is known to some.
Sad news to hear. He might not have directed the best films, but they were always entertaining and fun. You should rephrase the opening to "While he may not be a recognizable name to all, Eliis was.....". He is known to some.
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6:03PM on 01/07/2013

:(

Hope it didn't hurt. RIP
Hope it didn't hurt. RIP
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