Snakes On A Plane Director David R. Ellis Dead At 60

David R. Ellis, former stuntman turned director, has died at the age of 60. While the circumstances of his death are currently unknown, the filmmaker was down in South Africa getting ready to direct his next feature, a live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime Kite with Samuel L. Jackson, at the time of his passing. Ellis' career in Hollywood began in the mid-70s when he worked in the stunt department of many major films, including Smokey and the Bandit, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Lethal Weapon. His career progressed in the 80s when he began to work as a second unit director - which he continued to do even after he started making his own features. Over the course of his career he worked with directors like Phillip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger), and Barry Levinson (Sphere) and was credited for major blockbusters like
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