Once in every generation, there comes an artist too transgressive, too challenging, too persistently, deliberately incompetent to be appreciated in his own time. For low-budget video game movie adaptions of the mid-2000s, Uwe Boll was that artist. And now he is saying goodbye.
In a recent interview with the Toronto Metro, the man who once challenged his many, many critics to a series of 10-round boxing matches said that he is done fighting to make passion projects like BloodRayne: The Third Reich. According to Boll, the problem (as is always the case with great art) is money.
“The market is dead,” Boll told the paper, “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.”
Boll says that Rampage: President Down, the upcoming second sequel to 2009 “mass murder thriller” Rampage, will be his final film. Still, he remains hopeful that his impressive body of work will one day get its due.
“Now when I don’t make any more movies,” said Boll, “maybe they’ll find the time to actually watch the movies, starting with Postal in 2005, the movies of the last ten years. 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. They deserve to be discussed bigger than they were.”
Frankly, when it comes to short films like 2015's criminally underappreciated “Fuck You All,” we couldn’t agree more.