Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Snakes On A Plane director mourned

Samuel L Jackson, left, has paid tribute to director David R Ellis, right, who has died at the age of 60

Snakes On A Plane director David R Ellis has died at the age of 60.

The filmmaker's manager David Gardner confirmed his death.

He said 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.

Mr Gardner declined to provide additional details, and no cause of death has been released.

Jackson tweeted that Ellis was "so talented, so kind, such a good friend", and that he was "gone too soon".

Ellis' directing credits included Shark Night 3D, The Final Destination, Cellular and Final Destination 2.

He also worked on such films as Misery and Waterworld.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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