German-born filmmaker Uwe Boll has made the announcement that many fans were perhaps dying to hear: He’s done as a filmmaker after eleven years.
Boll is perhaps known as being one of the most outspoken filmmakers in recent years with his career, which began with adaptations of video games such as House of the Dead, Bloodrayne, Far Cry, and Dungeon Siege (re-named In the Name of the King) and ended with films that brought a step up in terms of quality such as Assault on Wall Street and Rampage: President Down.
Critics and fans have bashed him throughout his career and in the case of Boll, he retaliated but challenging critics inside of a boxing ring. This led to a bit of controversy between Boll and the critics.
Boll had this to say about his putting an end to his film career:
“The market is dead, you don’t make any money anymore on movies because the DVD and Blu-ray market worldwide has dropped 80% in the last three years. That is the real reason; I just cannot afford to make movies.
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.”
Boll’s movies may have started out as serious misses amongst critics. However, it is safe to say he did end it with films that upped with a bit of quality. The fact that he basically put in his own money to live his dream is something that cannot be ignored. In an age where we have lots of remakes and reboots as well as many superhero films in A-list Hollywood, independent films have still raged on and in the case of Boll, he gave it his all until the very end and yes, while he blames the Hollywood market, as seen in an explosive video on YouTube, one can’t blame him for trying his best.
The film career of Uwe Boll has come to an end and while that may be a relief for many fans, one cannot discredit him as a filmmaker who had done his best to live his dream.