Bloodrayne, Alone in the Dark, and House of the Dead director Uwe Boll has signed a deal with independent film distributor Freestyle Releasing to bring more of his video game adaptations to cinemas, according to an article in The Hollywood Reporter.
First to see a big-screen release will be a comedy based on the Running With Scissors shooter Postal, which will star Zack Ward, Dave Foley, Chris Coppola, and Uwe Boll himself, and will be released on September 28 across North America.
Postal follows two days in the life of the star of the games, the Postal Dude, as things go from bad to worse when a plan to make a fast buck by stealing some goods goes predictably wrong.
Next for release will be In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale a movie based on Gas Powered Games' action role-playing franchise where a man named Farmer seeks vengeance for the death of his son by the evil Krugs. In the Name of the King: Dungeon Siege will star Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Ron Perlman, Leelee Sobieski, John Rhys-Davies, Matthew Lillard, and Burt Reynolds. It will be released January 18, 2008, across some 2,500 cinema screens in North America.
Boll will also get a release for Seed, a horror movie about a psychotic mass murderer named Sam Seed awaiting execution on death row. After three botched attempts to electrocute Seed, the still-living inmate claws his way out of his coffin and sets out for vengeance. Seed--not a video game adaptation--will star Michael Pare and opens in early 2008.
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale is said to have cost some $60 million to produce, and Postal around $20 million. Boll will be providing publicity and advertising for the films himself through private funding.
Freestyle Releasing is a Malibu, California-based film distributor that was founded in 2003. The company specialises in low-budget films, and recent titles include The Illusionist, An American Haunting, and The Abandoned.