Snakes on a Plane's David R. Ellis Directing Shark Night 3D

April 6, 2010
Source: Deadline

Great White Shark

If it weren't for the fact that David R. Ellis directed the awesome Snakes on a Plane, I probably wouldn't be reporting on this at all. But ever since that crazy movie hit in 2006, I've been covering anything Ellis gets attached to, even though I chose not to even see The Final Destination (which he also directed). Deadline reports that Ellis will next direct a film called Shark Night 3D which is being billed as "Jaws for the 3D generation." Yep, now you can groan and complain all you want, but screw it, this could be fun (remember Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus?). Shooting starts in summer down in Louisiana with a $28 million budget.

The script was written by Jesse Studenberg and Will Hayes and is supposedly a "scary 3D ride." Ellis will shoot Shark Night 3D with actual 3D cameras just like he did on The Final Destination (although that didn't convince me to see that movie at all). More reasons why this could be awesome: Ellis was the second unit director on other "water" films like The Perfect Storm and Deep Blue Sea; and the animatronic sharks will be built by Walt Conti, who was responsible for the sharks in Deep Blue Sea and the snakes in Anaconda. As terrible as this sounds, I'm excited, probably because I love shark movies so damn much. Bring it on, I say!

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I wish theyd go ahead and greenlight MEG (based on the book by Steve Alten... been in development hell for over a decade) instead....

Patrick on Apr 6, 2010


Snakes on a Plane awesome??? you are not f*&^ing serious are you??? SoaP exemplified the utter sh*t coming out of Hollywood today...oh, I get it, I just missed the must have been in there somewhere...

baloneysandwichman on Apr 6, 2010


I agree with Patrick. Meg would make a terrific horror/thriller movie. Especially with all the 3D craze going around, Meg would be a great summer movie to watch. But now that Shark Night is coming out Meg is probably never going to be made. 🙁

Dimas on Apr 6, 2010


snakes on a plane was shit... this is probably going to be shit as well and serve only to fuel the mantra that sharks are mindless killers that should be exterminated for 'human safety'

Janny on Apr 6, 2010


#1 - the funny thing is, that picture is from Steve Alten's website. IIRC - it's a cover of one of the books.

Albert on Apr 6, 2010


Wow, it's been awhile since I've gotten to say this...although Alex didn't actually say it. Anyhow, Jaws has already been done in 3D. Moving on, awesomeness. I love cheese! Although I don't see how you can watch Snakes on a Plane and love it and not love the awesome new cool ways they kill silly kids in FD4. At least, that's why I watch them.

tra la la la la di da on Apr 6, 2010


Snakes on a Plane was straight up stupid. This sounds insanely stupid.

Xerxex on Apr 6, 2010


I'd see if Wolfgang Peterson was directing the movie.

Frightened Inmate #2 on Apr 6, 2010


This is going to be aids.

Crapola on Apr 6, 2010


I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

Fred Schepsi on Apr 6, 2010


The funniest most rediculous movie scene ever made........I only post it cause of the Mega shark v octopus reference.

Cody w on Apr 6, 2010


When was Snakes on a Plane ever awesome?

JimD on Apr 7, 2010


Maybe it's just me, but whenever I watch a killer-shark movie I always think "just get out of the water". Most of the movie is composed of people getting killed just because they don't know there's a shark on the loose, and that's lame. Most of us don't spend a lot of time in water anyway, so the entire premise is flawed. Deep Blue Sea tried to fix this problem by setting the entire movie in a water-based lab, and forcing the victims into the water to escape/prevent sharks from escaping. Oh, and the sharks were mega-smart due to genetic tampering. I just have no interest in seeing a bunch of people flail around helplessly in the water while a swift-moving shark comes and swallows them up. Been done too many times before, nothing can be done to make it even remotely new.

Nada Nuff on Apr 7, 2010


I also agree with #1, MEG would be a much better use of a studios time and money. It would truly be incredible in 3D, and it's got great potential as a franchise. C'mon, why can't they greenlight the ONE shark movie that would actually be GOOD?

Will on Apr 7, 2010


goddammit just give me my Meg movie already

silver on Apr 7, 2010


WOW!!! This might be as much fun as "Alligator in an Elevator"!!!!! shit hot!!!

Lando is a system not a man on Apr 9, 2010

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