For supposedly being an awful filmmaker, Uwe Boll sure has a lot of projects in the offing.
In a story from Home Media Retailing, realizing the value of Boll's video game movies, as far their huge returns on DVD, the director is starting work "on a number of original straight-to-DVD features for Vivendi Visual Entertainment and Lionsgate."
Boll is currently making BloodRayne 2 in Vancouver. This film "is set in the Wild West and pits half-vampire video game character Rayne (Natassia Malthe) against a vampire Billy the Kid (Zack Ward). Pat Garrett (Michael Pare) and other outlaws join Rayne to fight the evil vampires."
Vivendi hopes to put out "the sequel in May 2007 - a year after the original shipped with a pack-in PC BloodRayne 2 video game. BloodRayne 2 will open theatrically in multiple areas in Asia, Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Boll is making the film on a bigger budget for a potential limited U.S. theatrical release before its U.S. DVD release."
The first BloodRayne has sold over 830,000 units to date.
Should BloodRayne 2 be successful, Boll already has plans to make a third installment. This version will most likely go "straight-to-DVD, which will pit Rayne against the Nazis - the bad guys in the original game."
Another Boll project is Alone in the Dark 2. This low budget film will go straight-to-DVD and "will be set in present-day New York and borrow from the plot of the new Atari game, which will ship in 2007." Apparently, the director has tried to get Christian Slate to "reprise the lead role as paranormal investigator Edward Carnby and is awaiting the actor's decision."
A new version of Alone In The Dark comes out on DVD in April through Lionsgate.
"I don't think the director's cut of BloodRayne is better than the original cut; it's just more bloody," Boll states. "But with Alone in the Dark, the movie's better. We cut a lot of Tara Reid out of the movie. We put more creepiness and more action in. We cut the sex scene out, as well."
Also coming to DVD in early 2007 is House Of The Dead: Director's Edition. Apparently, this new version is going to contain more laughs.
"All the buyers who bought the first movie watched 10 minutes, and they all had a blast," Boll states. "When the DVD comes out, people won't be able to believe it in the beginning, but word-of-mouth will grow. I think it will make the same amount of money as the first DVD because everyone who saw it will want to see what it's all about."
Apparently, the director "shot humorous versions of many scenes when he was filming the original. He used those takes, and also adds new mini-DV footage."
"It's the same plot, but we make fun out of how stupid the movie was," Boll said. "We basically bash the movie, and I think this works well because a lot of people think the movie was cheesy and idiotic. We also freeze the screen to show all of the continuity mistakes."
Finally, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale will finally hit theaters in 2007.
Originally released in the United States on April 5, 2002, "Dungeon Siege" is an action/fantasy role-playing game (RPG) designed by Chris Taylor, president and creative director of Gas Powered Games. Published by Microsoft Game Studios, "Dungeon Siege" features a fantasy world where the inhabitants must battle evil forces attempting to take over their kingdom.
Boll has almost an hours worth of extra footage for an eventual director's-cut of that film.
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