Is Uwe Boll’s Career Over?

Fanboys’ favorite ubermensch of suckage, Uwe Boll, may have directed his l-a-s-t big budget theatrical travesty with this past weekend’s $70 million In the Name of the King: Dungeon Siege Tale. The Jason Statham and Burt Reynolds (!) vehicle grossed a mouthwatering $3 million over the weekend, but apparently did “okay” in, drumroll, Boll’s home country of Germany.

“Because of the Boll reputation, it is not easy to get audiences into the cinemas,” Mychael Berg, head of distribution at 20th Century Fox in Germany, told the Hollywood Reporter. “We finally managed it, and we are quite satisfied with the abut 250,000 people who watched the movie (in Germany). We proved that you can make money with a Boll film.”

That might be the first time I’ve ever heard a distribution head publicly apologize for a director’s rep, outside of the porn industry. Hilarious! All cherries are popped sooner or later, I guess. The usually unflappable Boll, whose filmography includes videogame flicks like Bloodrayne 1 & 2 and Alone in the Dark, even sounds like he knows his number is up.

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

Bring on the “passion,” I say. But the real reason for the end to Boll’s inexplicable employment is due to Germany banning tax shelter funds, from which Boll’s pricey Planet 9s were backed. From here on, he’ll have to play the Hollywood game straight-up. I checked his IMDB entry to bathe in his failure…but wait! It lists a $35 million movie coming out in 2010 called Legend: Hand of God from the director’s usual Freestyle Releasing (The Illusionist, Beer League), as well as a slew of others flicks like Zombie Massacre. Somewhere the Dr. Claw of genre films pets his feline and laughs loudly into the night!

Uwe Boll to make Legend: Hand of God

Legend: Hand of God

I think most of the video game companies have come to the realization that selling film adaptation rights to Uwe Boll is a bad idea. Boll, who snapped up the rights for quite a few video game properties years back, has become one of the most hated people (probably only next to Jack Thompson) amongst the video game community. Well apparently some video game companies have yet to learn. Arrow in the Head reports that Boll has acquired rights to an unreleased action roleplaying game, Legend: Hand of God.

“I think Legend will be very successful because of its unique blend of high fantasy and dark atmosphere. The world of Legend contains major crossover potential and was already adapted as novel and audio book” says Boll from the set of Far Cry, which he currently works on in Vancouver with Til Schweiger, Ralf Möller and Udo Kier.

I met with Boll a couple months back for an interview which will run with the release of Postal. I went into the interview looking to play hardball and ask all the questions the online community wanted to know. But I came away from the whole experience feeling bad for the man. He doesn’t seem to understand that his films are bad. He thinks that Hollywood has brainwashed America and that’s why people don’t like his films. Yeah…. that’s why.

Somehow, someway, Boll keeps getting the funding for these releases which usually tank at the box office, and do minimal business on DVD. It seems to me that the man has lost tens of millions for his investors thus far.

Boll expects to shoot Legend with a $40 million budget in 2009. The game will be released in the United States early next year.