This Day in Death

1.7.13: David R. Ellis, Director of ‘Snakes on a Plane’ and ‘Final Destination’ – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 7:29 pm January 8, 2013

DAVID_R_ELLISEllis, seen here during his brief tenure as a G.I. Joe villain.


David R. Ellis, the director of Final Destination and Snakes on a Plane, is dead today at the age of 60. This is mostly notable because it turns out that Final Destination and Snakes on a Plane did, in fact, have a director and were not simply the result of strapping some Go Pros onto the backs of a couple of receis monkeys and lettings things sort themselves out. Alright, sorry. I’m just bitter because Ellis torpedoed Kenan Thompson’s budding film career. Dammit, after Good Burger that kid has paid his dues! At some point doing “What’s Up with That?” every week is just gonna get sad.

Ellis’ directing credits include Shark Night 3D, The Final Destination, Cellular and Final Destination 2. He also worked on such films as Misery, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Waterworld. Ellis began his Hollywood career as an actor in the 1970s before moving into stunts and directing.

Well, if you were playing Six Degrees of Waterworld, there’s your in. And I haven’t seen Shark Night 3D yet, but it scoring 16% on the Tomatometer can mean only one thing: We, as Americans, still have not gotten over our prejudices against sharks. Honestly, I thought we were a little more progressive than that. Hell, the fact that only 2% of Hollywood is openly Selachimorphic is frankly kinda sickening. They’re just people, like you and me.


Source: USA Today

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