Sad news for fans of regrettable cinema: director Uwe Boll, whose IMDb credits read much like a rap sheet, has announced his retirement from filmmaking.
“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.”
We come to bury Uwe Boll, of course, not to praise him. But it's worth noting that he's making a valid point here: the home video market does seem to be on the decline, and there's something to be said for the opportunities offered by low to mid-budget filmmaking. Take a moment to consider some of the under-the-radar gems you've fallen in love with over the years, and then consider that those kinds of films are only going to be harder to make. None of them are Uwe Boll films, obviously, but still. Dude's got a point.
Anyway. Will Boll's retirement hold? Hard to say. Dude's got a restaurant to look after and angry YouTube screeds to screed. He's a busy guy! But something tells me we haven't seen the last of Uwe Boll, and even if I don't end up loving the films he might end up making, I'd certainly respect his freedom and ability to do so.
Here's to you, Uwe Boll, you beautiful goddamn weirdo.
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