Uwe Boll, notorious director of movies based on games and boxer of critics, hasn’t ravaged one of our beloved properties in some time. And it looks like he never will again, with Boll folding up the director’s chair for good.
Speaking with Richard Crouse of the Toronto Metro, Boll revealed that it no longer made financial sense for him to stay in the movie, er, game:
“The market is dead,” he adds, “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.”
He goes on to say that making “stupid video game based movies” is what gave him the cash to produce more films in the first place, but that reservoir has run dry:
“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.”
He won’t entirely leave the industry — the article mentions he’ll put more time into “his film distribution business” as well as “Bauhaus”, his apparently excellent restaurant.
Boll may not have left a great legacy, but at the very least his movies were memorable… in an emotionally scarring kind of way.