Has Uwe Boll Directed His Final Big-Budget Flop?

Director's films likely to lose money on a much smaller scale from now on.

by | January 15, 2008 | Comments

Dozens of you have repeatedly wondered what it would take to keep Uwe Boll from making more big-budget films. As of today, you may finally have your answer.

In a piece titled “Boll Ejected from Big-Budget Ring,” The Hollywood Reporter details the probable effects that the failure of Boll’s latest film, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, will have on his career. Reached for comment by the Reporter, Boll — the proud owner of a five percent lifetime Tomatometer rating — displayed remarkable prescience:

“In the future, I will focus on small films such as (the video game adaptation) ‘Postal’ or (the Vietnam war drama) ‘Tunnel Rats.’ These are films that represent my true passion, and they can be done with small budgets.”

Despite his commercial difficulties — the Reporter notes that In the Name of the King only managed to bring in $3 million last weekend, lengthening a chain of flops that includes BloodRayne and Alone in the Dark — Boll has been able to continue securing funding for his films through German tax shelter funds. Those funds have been outlawed, however, which places Boll in the unenviable position of trying to finance his new films based on the performance of his old ones.

So it looks like you won’t have Uwe Boll to kick around anymore — not in as many theaters, anyway — but whatever happens to his career from here, he still stands a 99.9% chance of going down in history as the only director to ever assemble Jason Statham, Burt Reynolds, Leelee Sobieski, and Ray Liotta in a single film. (We aren’t sure what that means, exactly, but it sure was fun to type.)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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