Writer and Director Uwe Boll Is Retiring from Filmmaking
If you're familiar with Uwe Boll then you know he's a filmmaker who has made a lot of notoriously bad films in his career. He's mostly known for his terrible video game adaptations. Some of the films that he's made include House of the Dead, Bloodrayne, Far Cry, Rampage, Assault on Wall Street, and In the Name of the King.
Well, for those of you who enjoyed trashing the director and his films, you'll be happy to know that he's announced his retirement. While speaking with Metro, Boll explained that he can no longer afford to make the movies that he wants to make.
“The market is dead, you don’t make any money anymore on movies because the DVD and Blu-ray market worldwide has dropped 80 per cent 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.”
So in case you're wondering who it was that kept funding his films, it was himself. He revealed:
"I never had people giving me money. 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.’ I don’t need a Ferrari, I don’t need a yacht. I invested in my own movies and I lost money.”
Damn. You know what? That says something about Boll. Even though his films weren't very good, the guy was freakin' passionate about filmmaking. No matter what people said about his films and his level of talent he still continued to make the movies he wanted to make the way he wanted to.
His final film will be Rampage: President Down, and when talking about how proud he is of the grit and realism of some of his films.
“It’s way better than Wall Street 2 by Oliver Stone. It’s better researched, it’s better written, it’s better, but it doesn’t have Michael Douglas. It’s not Jason Bourne or any bulls— movie where they make stuff up. My movies are real.”
That movie will eventually be released on Netflix, iTunes, and other streaming services. Even though I have a newfound level of respect for Boll, I can't say that I'll miss his films, because I won't. He does have a dedicated fanbase that will miss his films, though. What do you think about Boll retiring from making movies?