Posted on January 15, 2008, Jonathan Uwe Boll Booted from the Big-Budget Movie Biz
Today is a historic day for the “video game movie” genre, for one of its worst contributors has been rightfully downgraded. Uwe Boll, director of such cinematic defecations as Bloodrayne and Alone in the Dark, has been effectively reduced to low budget film-making from here on out. Apparently his most recent film, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, tanked so badly at the box office that he doesn’t have the funds for any more big-budget fiascos. The film cost about $70 million to make, but only brought in around $3 million at the box office over the weekend. Before, Boll had been funding his movies through a German tax shelter fund, which might explain how he continued to produce films despite very little critical or financial success. But those funds have now been banned along with other similar tax shelters in Germany, leaving Boll with almost no alternative but to go low-budget.
“In the future, I will focus on small films such as (the video game adaptation) ‘Postal’ or (the Vietnam war drama) ‘Tunnel Rats,’ ” he said. “These are films that represent my true passion, and they can be done with small budgets.”
The photo above shows a mass of Germans celebrating in the streets after the fall of the Berlin Wall, because people the world over should be celebrating this wonderful news. There should be dancing in the streets as people stomp on DVDs of Boll’s films, and David Hasselhoff should be singing “I’ve Been Looking for the Freedom” wearing a jacket covered in flashing lights. I honestly feel like throwing a party just for this with lots of champagne for all.