Uwe Boll Announces His Retirement From Filmmaking

The career of Uwe Boll has been marked by one distinguishing factor: nearly all of his movies are terrible. The director himself would never say so, and has often proclaimed his works to be better than what his colleagues in Hollywood have been doing, but his greatest accomplishment might’ve been using German tax laws to keep his string of modestly budgeted movies financially viable. At his peak, Boll found himself working with Jason Statham on “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” and helming the video game adaptation “Alone In The Dark,” but for the most part, his movies got limited stateside release, and were viewed as cult curios at best. But now, Boll is hanging it all up.

Rampage: President Down” will mark Boll’s final outing behind the camera because, as he tells Metro, the money is no longer there to keep things sustainable.

“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,” the director said. “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.”

However, Boll remains very proud of his work, including his attempts at issues-driven movies, like “Assault On Wall Street.”

“It’s way better than ‘Wall Street 2‘ by Oliver Stone,” he said of the film. “It’s better researched, it’s better written, it’s better, but it doesn’t have Michael Douglas.”

Well, we can’t quite say we’ll miss Boll or his movies, but his departure marks an end of peculiar era in movie history. Here’s the trailer for Boll’s final film, “Rampage: President Down.” [via ScreenRant]