'Snakes on a Plane' Director Dead at Ssssssssixty

1/8/2013 1:25 PM PST

David R. Ellis Dead -- 'Snakes on a Plane' Director Dies at 60

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Director David R. Ellis -- the guy behind the epic action flick "Snakes on a Plane" -- was found dead early Monday morning in a hotel room in South Africa ... this according to his rep.

60-year-old Ellis was in Johannesburg to work on a remake of the film "Kite," a Japanese anime movie.

Details surrounding Ellis' death are unclear and no cause of death has been released.

Ellis got his start in Hollywood as an actor and stuntman -- and went on to direct "Snakes on a Plane," "The Final Destination," and "Shark Night 3D."