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Samuel L. Jackson's Kite Remake Finds Director To Replace The Late David R. Ellis

After two decades working as a stunt man in movies like Smokey and the Bandit, Scarface, and Road House, David R. Ellis moved into the director's seat on the animal-centered Disney movie Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco. From there he went on to helm a string of movies that blended horror and action, but undoubtedly is best known for the willful insanity that is Snakes on a Plane. Ellis' next venture, which reunited him with Snakes on a Plane star Samuel L. Jackson, was similarly wild and ambitious. In 2011, word hit that he was developing a live-action remake of the 1998 anime Kite. Unfortunately, Ellis died earlier this month, leaving the future of this remake uncertain. Preproduction for principal photography in Johannesburg, South Africa, was already underway, so producers scrambled to find a replacement for Ellis. Deadline reports they found one in South African director Ralph Ziman, who helmed
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Celebrating the movies of the late David R Ellis

Sarah Dobbs Sep 14, 2016

Director David R. Ellis, of Snakes On A Plane fame, died in March 2013. Sarah remembers why his films were kind of great…

Just a quick update here: we've looked back at Snakes On A Plane, Ellis' highest profile film, in more detail here.

Usually, if a film isn’t screened for critics ahead of its release, it’s for a good reason. It’s because it’s terrible. But back in 2006, when Snakes On A Plane wasn’t shown to the press, it wasn’t because it was bad. It was because it didn’t matter. Nothing any critic said about Snakes On A Plane would affect whether the public went to see it or not. They’d already made up their minds for themselves, based solely on its wonderful title.

Luckily, the film pretty much lived up to the promise of its title. It was bold,
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David R Ellis obituary

Former stuntman and director of Snakes on a Plane

The brazenly trashy, cheap-and-cheerful B-movie is more or less defunct in modern cinema. One of its few authentic latter-day practitioners was the film-maker David R Ellis, who has been found dead at the age of 60 in a hotel in South Africa, where he was preparing to make a live-action version of the violent anime Kite.

Ellis came to widespread attention in 2006 when he directed Snakes on a Plane, the exploitation action thriller with a title that doubled as its own synopsis. Samuel L Jackson played an FBI agent on board a flight packed with venomous snakes planted to kill the witness who is in his care. There have been dumber and more precarious murder plots in the movies, but not many.

Ellis was brought in as a replacement for the original director, Ronny Yu. When word circulated online of a proposed
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'Snakes on a Plane' Director Passes Away at 60

'Snakes on a Plane' Director Passes Away at 60
David R. Ellis, former Hollywood stuntman and film director, passed away today at the age of 60 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was preparing to direct the upcoming film Kite.

Born in Hollywood, Ellis began working in the film industry as a stuntman in his late teens. He was promoted as stunt coordinator in the 1981 and worked on over 70 films in a 20-year span, including Scarface, Lethal Weapon, and Fatal Attraction.

After working his way up to becoming an assistant director, Ellis then directed his first film in 1996 with Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco.

Following his directorial debut, Ellis segued into the thriller genre, churning out two Final Destination sequels and most notably, the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Growing up in the water as a junior pro surfer, his most recent project was the underwater horror film Shark Night. Amongst a slew of his upcoming unreleased thriller films, Ellis directed
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David R. Ellis 1952-2013

He may not be a household name nor will he likely be remembered as "one of the greats", but Hollywood has lost a veteran b-movie maestro this week as stuntman-turned-director David R. Ellis has reportedly passed away at the age of 60. The cause of death is currently unknown, although he was in Johannesburg, South Africa where he was preparing to shoot his latest film Kite, a live action adaptation of the 1992 anime. Ellis is perhaps best known for directing the high concept thriller Snakes on a Plane, but his career started as a stuntman in the mid to late '70s with Smokey and the Bandit being one of his first credits. Ellis eventually moved on to become a stunt co-ordinator before getting a break as second unit director on the TV movie Condor followed by Fatal Attraction and eventually such films as Waterworld, The Matrix Reloaded and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
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Snakes on a Plane and Shark Night Director David R. Ellis Has Died

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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At the TCA’s ‘Defiance’ & ‘The Bates Motel’; Gordon-Levitt in ‘Sin’ sequel; Darabont rewrite on ‘Godzilla’ and Rip ‘Snakes’ director David R. Ellis

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With the holidays over, and people getting back to work, the art of film shuffling has begun again. The remake of Carrie, which was to bow in March, has been pushed to a more appropriate release date of October 18th. No Good Deed, a thriller starring Idris Elba will be delayed an entire year, bowing on January 14, 2014. Meanwhile, the thriller The Hive has been renamed The Call and will now bow on March 15.

Syfy has announced an April 15 premier date for their very expensive Defiance -a drama series that will exist as both a TV series and a video game in collaboration with Trion Worlds. The show depicts a futuristic Earth with a boomtown set on the ruins of St. Louis that is now home to seven alien species and Earthlings. Rockne O’Bannon was the original showrunner before dropping out to work on the CW’s The Cult, but
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'Snakes on a Plane' Director David R. Ellis Dies at 60

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David R. Ellis, the stuntman turned filmmaker who brought us killer sharks, killer snakes and even the wrath of the Grim Reaper himself, died today in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to Deadline. He was 60.

Born in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, 1952, Ellis got his start in Hollywood as a stuntman, performing feats of derring-do in dozens of films, including "Scarface," "Lethal Weapon" and "Road House." He also served as second unit director on such big Hollywood productions as "Patriot Games," "The Negotiator," "The Matrix Reloaded," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

Ellis will probably be best remembered for his work as a gleefully subversive exploitation director. After making his directorial debut on "Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco" (1996), Ellis seemed to feel the most at home in the action-horror genre, conjuring gruesome and often astonishingly creative death scenes in "Final Destination 2
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'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis, 60, dies

'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis, 60, dies
Director David R. Ellis — who helmed mass entertainment like Snakes on a Plane, Cellular, 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 Waterworld, The Perfect Storm, The 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,
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Snakes On a Plane Director David R. Ellis is Dead at 60

David R Ellis, director of "Shark Night 3D," "Snakes On a Plane," "Cellular," and "The Final Destination," has died in Johannesburg, South Africa. He passed away suddenly and cause of death is not yet known. He was 60 years old. Ellis was in South Africa preparing to direct the film "Kite," a live-action adaptation of the 1998 Japanese anime that was set to reunite him with his "Snakes" star Samuel L. Jackson. Born in Los Angeles in 1952, Ellis started out in Hollywood as an actor and then stuntman and stunt coordinator. In 1986, Ellis moved on to second unit directing, helming the action sequences on films such as "Waterworld," "The Matrix Reloaded" and "Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone. His first directing job was on the Disney film "Homeward Bound 2: Lost In San Francisco" in 1996.
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'Snakes On A Plane' Director Dies At 60

'Snakes On A Plane' Director Dies At 60
David R. Ellis, the director of "Snakes on a Plane," died in South Africa on Monday. He was 60.

Deadline.com first reported Ellis' death, which HuffPost Entertainment confirmed with his management. No other information about his passing was immediately available. The director was in Johannesburg to work on the film "Kite," a live-action reboot of the famed Japanese anime about a young girl trained to be an assassin after the death of her parents. Samuel L. Jackson, who starred in Ellis' "Snakes on a Plane," was attached to star.

Ellis got his start in Hollywood as a stuntman on films like "Smokey and the Bandit II," "Rocky III" and "Lethal Weapon." He did second unit directorial work on "Clear and Present Danger," "Waterworld," "The Perfect Storm," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "The Matrix Reloaded."

Ellis made his directorial debut with the 1996 "Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco,
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Snakes on a Plane Director David R. Ellis Passes Away

Snakes on a Plane Director David R. Ellis Passes Away
Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis has passed away. There's no cause of death at the moment, but he was in Johannesburg, South Africa preparing to shoot the his live-action adaptation of the 1998 Japanese Anime Kite. It would have reunited him with star Samuel L. Jackson.

Ellis was 60 years old and started out in his career in Hollywood as an actor. From there he became a stuntman and stunt coordinator. In 1986, Ellis became a second unit directing, directing the action sequences on films such as Waterworld, The Matrix Reloaded and Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. The first feature film he directed was Disney's film Homeward Bound 2: Lost In San Francisco. From there he went on to direct films such as Final Destination 2, Cellular, Asylum, The Final Destination and Shark Night 3D.

Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
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Director David R. Ellis Passes Away at Age 60

Director David R. Ellis Passes Away at Age 60
Director David R. Ellis passed away earlier today at the age of 60 in Johannesburg, South Africa. No cause of death has been determined yet, although the filmmaker was in South Africa prepping his new feature Kite, which would have reunited him with his Snakes on a Plane star Samuel L. Jackson.

Born in Santa Monica, California on September 10, 1952, David R. Ellis began his career in the mid-1970s as an actor, stuntman, and stunt coordinator. He continued to work his way up the ladder as a second unit director on films such as Thunderheart, Clear and Present Danger, Waterworld, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and The Matrix Reloaded, just to name a few.

He made his feature directorial debut with Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco in 1996, followed by Final Destination 2, Cellular, Snakes on a Plane, Asylum, The Final Destination, and 2011's Shark Night 3D.

The director
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Rip David R. Ellis, Dead at 60

Some tragic news has hit today as Deadline reports that director David R. Ellis has passed away at age 60. The cause of death is currently unknown, but Ellis was said to have been on-location in Johannesburg, South Africa prepping what was to be his next feature film, an adaptation of the Japanese Ova Kite with Samuel L. Jackson attached to star. Ellis, who was born and raised in Hollywood, California, began his career as an actor and stuntman, eventually moving to directing with his debut feature, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco . From there, Ellis went on to make a name for himself in the thriller genre with films like Final Destination 2 , The Final Destination , Cellular , Shark Night , Asylum and, also with Jackson, Snakes on a Plane . Ellis is survived...
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Samuel L. Jackson Cast In Kite

Samuel L. Jackson Cast In Kite
In his time, director David R. Ellis has helmed Final Destination 2, Cellular, Shark Night and, um, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, but now he's got the toughest challenge of his career ahead of him: adapting the furiously violent and much-loved anime Kite into a live-action Hollywood thriller.Aiding him in his quest is Samuel L. Jackson, who previously worked with Ellis on Snakes On A Plane back in 2006. Jackson announced his involvement with the project while on promotional duties for Django Unchained, where he mentioned to Movies.com what he had on his slate after the RoboCop remake wraps."After [RoboCop], I'm going to do this live-action version of Kite, the Japanese anime," he said. "I'll be doing a live-action version of that in Johannesburg."Released in two parts before being edited together as a 60-minute piece for the Us market, the 1998 anime told the tale of an
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'Shark Night 3D' Director David R. Ellis To Remake Yasuomi Umetsu's Anime 'Kite'

Well, by all accounts, including ours, "Shark Night 3D" is awful but honestly, what did you expect from the guy who kickstarted his career directing "Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco" and went on to make such classics as "Cellular," "Final Destination 2" and "Snakes On A Plane." If "Shark Night 3D" proved anything, the director can deliver a thriller or horror movie with a PG-13 rating on a budget. So we presume those are the reasons he landed this gig which will find him de-fanging a controversial anime film. Yasuomi Umetsu's 1988 film "Kite" raised eyebrows when it…
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Exclusive Q&A - David R. Ellis Talks Shark Night 3D

Who would have thought back in 1996, when stuntman-turned-director David R. Ellis made his directorial debut with a sequel to the family movie Homeward Bound that he would go down in movie history as one of the main faces of horror cinema of the 00s?

With two Final Destination movies and Snakes on a Plane in his filmography, David has already proven he knows a thing or two about big-budget action-packed horror movies that combine remarkable death scenes with lots of humor.

Now he comes back with his own take on the nature-"swimming"-amok horror sub-genre which started with Jaws.

Mikhael Agafonov: How does one move from directing Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco to doing Final Destination 2?

David R. Ellis: After directing ‘Homeward Bound 2’ I went back to directing action (2nd Unit) of big event films. It was the work I did on the Matrix sequel
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