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The End of Uwe Boll?

Published January 15, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Freestyle Releasing, Hollywood Reporter.
Dungeon Siege Poster In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Critics like to think that Uwe Boll has no talent as a filmmaker. I'm not going to debate that, but I must point out his gift at getting big names to join his films. Without a positive track record, the director was able to convince names such as Jason Statham, Ray Liotta and Ron Perlman to join up with In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale - a film that was already predicted to be yet another Uwe Boll disaster.

How does he keep getting such talent and ginormous budgets? (to be answered later)

Uwe Boll Without Budget

It looks like Dungeon Siege will be the final blow to Uwe Boll, who has announced that he will return to low-budget filmmaking.

"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."

Boll didn't exactly throw in the towel just because of Dungeon Siege. The reason the director has been able to continue making big-budget productions is through German tax shelter funds. Dungeon Siege marked the last film to be bankrolled by this fund, which has recently been banned in Germany.

Boll will now be forced to finance films like everybody else -- with presales. The only catch is that there are little left in Hollywood -- or any home in America -- who has faith in the director. Known for having verbal bouts with online critics, there aren't many who'll stand in Boll's corner.

"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 about 250,000 people who watched the movie (in Germany). We proved that you can make money with a Boll film."

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