Funding Fountain To Dry Up For Uwe Boll
Filmmaker Uwe Boll, whose work on big-budget flops such as Alone in the Dark and BloodRayne has made him a favorite target of critics and movie fans, recently announced that he plans to return to low-budget films now that the tax shelter that provided backing for his projects has been banned in Germany.
After making a career out of producing big-budget adapatations of videogame properties, his latest project, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, continued the filmmaker’s streak of both commerical and critical failures at the box office. Despite his string of big-screen flops, Boll’s ability to continue producing big-budget films due to German tax shelter funding has long been a subject of discussion among online movie fans and critics alike. In 2006, after BloodRayne was universally savaged by critics and fell more than $20 million short of making back its production costs, Boll earned even more notoriety by challenging some of his most vocal critics to a boxing match. The critics who took him up on the offer received a fairly one-sided beating.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
"In the future, I will focus on small films such as (the video game adaptation) Postal or (the Vietnam war drama) Tunnel Rats, " [Boll] said. "These are films that represent my true passion, and they can be done with small budgets."
"Because of the Boll reputation, it is not easy to get audiences into the cinemas," said Mychael Berg, head of distribution at 20th Century Fox in Germany, which released King locally. "We finally managed it, and we are quite satisfied with the abut 250,000 people who watched the movie (in Germany). We proved that you can make money with a Boll film."
Boll’s next project? The filmmaker plans to helm an adaptation of the videogame Zombie Massacre.