David R. Ellis, 60, the director of Snakes on a Plane, the 2006 movie that veered between humor and horror and became an Internet sensation even before its release, was found dead Monday in the bathroom of his hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa.
"Nothing was found to be missing from his room, and no foul play is being suspected at this stage," said Lt. Col. Lungelo Dlamini, a police spokesman. Autopsy results were awaited.
Mr. Ellis was in Johannesburg working on Kite, a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime film.
His directing credits include Shark Night 3D. He also worked on such films as Misery, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and Waterworld. He began his career as an actor in the 1970s before moving into stunts and directing.