Uwe Boll Retires from Filmmaking, Movie Fans Rejoice
For all of director Uwe Boll’s faults (of which there are plenty), you can at least say he made the movies he wanted to make. That now appears to be over though since he announced in an interview that his upcoming film “Rampage: President Down” would be his last.
[“The market is dead, 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…I can’t go back to student filmmaking because 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.”]
There’s certainly some truth to what Boll is saying. The rise of digital media has no doubt contributed to the declining relevance of DVDs and Blu-rays, though I don’t think that’s the whole story as far as Boll is concerned.
His movies have regularly bombed at the box office but early in his career he was able to recoup his losses by exploiting a German tax loophole. Once that loophole was closed, he took a couple of stabs at crowd sourcing which have all failed miserably. His last Kickstarter campaign went so badly that he recorded a couple Youtube videos. In them, he has some NSFW words towards Hollywood and the movie going audience in general.
How do you feel about Boll’s retirement?
This was first reported by Metro News