12 items from 2013
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 »
Sarah Dobbs Sep 14, 2016
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, »
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 »
- Ryan Gilbey
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
- NextMovie Staff
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, »
- Adam B. Vary
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. »
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.
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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 »
12 items from 2013
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