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David R. Ellis, who is probably most known for the Samuel L. Jackson movie “Snakes on a Plane” (though he’s directed a ton of other movies, including “Final Destination 2″ and “Cellular”) has passed away at the age of 60. The director died Monday morning in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was preparing to shoot a live-action version of the popular Japanese anime “Kite”, which was set to star his “Snakes on a Plane” leading man Samuel L. Jackson. There is currently no cause of death. After making his feature film directorial debut with 1996′s “Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco” (I kid you not), Ellis made his way to the horror genre, where he’s most known these days, with 2003′s “Final Destination 2″. He would return to direct another installment of the franchise, 2009′s “The Final Destination”. His most recent film was 2011′s “Shark Night 3D”. No »

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