Director David R. Ellis of ‘Cellular’ Dies at 60
Recently David R. Ellis passed away at the age of 60. He passed away in Johannesburg South Africa, while preparing for his next film named Kite. The movie is an adaptation of a Japanese anime and was slated to have Samuel L Jackson playing the lead role in it. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but there is no denying the fact that 60 isn’t an old enough age to die. Ellis began his career in Hollywood playing bit parts, in movies.
His big screen debut was in the 1975 Kurt Russell film The Strongest Man in the World. But it seems, acting didn’t really suit him and he switched over to being a stuntman. His first assignment was in the film Baby Blue Marine. From then on, Ellis stuck to being a stuntman. Then in 1981, he caught a break when he was promoted as a stunt coordinator. He then spent a few years in this position. Then after a period of nearly 5 years, he began shouldering the responsibility of an assistant director in various films. In fact, he was in charge of action sequences for films such as The Matrix Revolutions and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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Ellis got his big break, when in 1996 he was chosen to direct the Disney live-action film Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco. From his career graph one can clearly see how he took keen interest in learning the craft of filmmaking and thus stepped up the ladder quite successfully. Ellis on his part went on to then direct, Final Destination 2 in 2003. The movie was the second installment of the popular film Final Destination. In fact, he was also roped in to direct the fourth film of the franchise, which revolves around death stalking audience members of a crash at a motor speedway that sends debris into the stands.
Next, he went on to direct Cellular, which was a fast paced thriller and was moderately successful, as it managed to keep a huge section of the audience on the edge of their seats. Ellis though, was disappointed with the movie’s box office performance and blamed it on the movie not being promoted well enough. His next film was Snakes on a Plane, which gained a huge amount of popularity on the internet. Ellis also directed the 3D horror film Shark Night. Ellis also had a number of projects lined up for the future, but its unfortunate that time wasn’t on his side.
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