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Sad news today for Uwe Boll fans, assuming such people do, in fact, exist. After Boll’s $70 million opus In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale earned only $3 million at the box office over the weekend, the German auteur — whose previous three films have cost a combined total of $57 million and made back $22.5 million (and scored a cumulative 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) — will return to low-budget cinema. So far, Boll’s movies have been funded through his creative interpretation of German tax law, but with his favorite loopholes recently closed, he’ll need to secure financing through Hollywood studios. Since that will obviously never happen, we can probably expect anything he makes in the future to just look really cheap (even more so than usual, we imagine).
The Hollywood Reporter reached Boll at his home yesterday (proving you will never read the words “Calls to Boll’s representatives went unreturned” in any publication ever), and he says it’s really no big deal: “In the future, I will focus on small films such as [the video-game adaptation] Postal or [the Vietnam War drama] Tunnel Rats … These are films that represent my true passion, and they can be done with small budgets.” Needless to say, Vulture anxiously awaits the day Fandango.com will allow us to purchase tickets to Boll’s 2010 passion project Zombie Massacre (it’s based on a Wii game!).
Boll ejected from big-budget ring [HR]
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