Controversial Video Game Movie Director Uwe Boll Retires Because "the Market Is Dead"
"I just cannot afford to make movies."
German filmmaker Uwe Boll, perhaps best known by gamers for his Postal movie and other video game adaptations, is retiring from filmmaking. He told Metro that he's done making movies because "the market is dead," not just for video game films, but across the industry.
"You don't make any money anymore on movies because the DVD and Blu-ray market worldwide has dropped 80 percent in the last three years. That is the real reason; I just cannot afford to make movies," he explained.
Boll said he has no interest in returning to a "student filmmaking" approach for movies with lower budgets. "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."
The director said he's been self-funding his films since 2005. He launched a Kickstarter campaign for a third Rampage movie called No Mercy in 2015. In the campaign's final days, when the film was short of its goal, Boll posted a video in which he said, "Basically my message is, 'F**k yourself.'"
No Mercy failed to reach its funding goal.
Boll's last movie was Rampage: President Down, which came out earlier this year on digital stores. He's now spending his time on his film distribution business and his Bauhaus restaurant in Vancouver. Boll said he hopes people will see his films in a better light now that he's done making movies.
"They will see they were a lot of very interesting movies and a lot of movies that I think made sense and said a point about things," he said. "They deserve to be discussed bigger than they were."
Boll has made a number of video game movies, not all of which have been well-received, including Alone in the Dark (2005), Postal (2007), and Far Cry (2008), among others.
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