Controversial filmmaker Uwe Boll, known for making really bad movies based on video games, has decided to hang it up because it making movies "isn't financially profitable any more."
“The market is dead,” Boll told Metro News, “you don’t make any money anymore on movies because the DVD and Blu Ray market worldwide has dropped 80 percent in the last three years. That is the real reason; I just cannot afford to make movies. I can’t go back to student filmmaking because I have made so many movies in my life, and I can’t make cheaper and cheaper movies at my age. It’s a shame. I would be happy to make movies but it is just not financially profitable.”
Boll has adapted such games as Postal, Dungeon Siege, Alone in the Dark, BloodRayne and House of the Dead to the big screen, with all of them being critically panned. On Rotten Tomatoes, Postal fared the best with an 8%. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale was rated 4%, with BloodRayne and House of the Dead receiving the same scores. Alone in the Dark fared even worse with a 1% score, prompting an San Francisco Chronicle reviewer Peter Hartlaub to call it “a film so mind-blowingly horrible that it teeters on the edge of cinematic immortality.”
“I’ve been using my money since 2005 and if I hadn’t made the stupid video game based movies I would never have amalgamated the capital so I could say, ‘Let’s make the Darfur movie,’" he said. "I don’t need a Ferrari, I don’t need a yacht. I invested in my own movies and I lost money.”
Boll is undaunted by the poor reception to his movies. He even challenged his critics to boxing matches, winning all four by knockout.
“Now when I don’t make any more movies, maybe they’ll find the time to actually watch the movies, starting with Postal in 2005, the movies of the last 10 years," he said. "They will see they were a lot of very interesting movies and a lot of movies that I think made sense and said a point about things. They deserve to be discussed bigger than they were.”