(NEW YORK) — David R. Ellis, best known for directing the 2006 Samuel L. Jackson film Snakes on a Plane, died Monday morning in Johannesburg, South Africa. It’s unclear what caused his death, according to Deadline.com. Ellis was 60.
The website reports Ellis was preparing to direct a movie titled KITE, a live-action adaptation of a Japanese anime set to star Jackson, at the time of his death.
Jackson tweeted on Monday, “So sad to hear of David R Ellis passing! So talented, so kind, such a Good Friend. He’ll be missed. Gone too soon!”
Ellis’ other directing credits include Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco, Final Destination 2, Cellular, Asylum, The Final Destination and Shark Night 3D.
He served as an actor, stuntman and second unit director before he became a film director.
Ellis is survived by a wife and three children.
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