'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis, 60, dies

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Director David R. Ellis — who helmed mass entertainment like Snakes on a PlaneCellular, and The Final Destination — died today, EW has confirmed. He was 60 years old. No cause of death has been released.

Ellis got his start as an actor and stuntman, transitioning into directing the second units on action-based productions like WaterworldThe Perfect StormThe Matrix Reloaded, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. His feature directing debut was the 1996 family production Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco, but he quickly transitioned to genre-soaked thrillers starting with 2003’s Final Destination 2.

According to Deadline, he reportedly passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa while prepping his next film, Kite, an adaptation of a Japanese animé that has Snakes on a Plane star Samuel L. Jackson attached as the lead.

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