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

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 2:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 3:01 AM

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

Ellis' manager, David Gardner, confirmed his death Monday. He 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.

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

Jackson tweeted Monday that he was 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," ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "Waterworld."

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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