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Producer Creates New Distribution Company

31 Oct, 2005 By: John Gaudiosi

A scene from BloodRayne.

Producer-director Uwe Boll (Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead) has created a new distribution company, Event Films, that will release both theatrical and home video titles beginning in 2006.

Event Films, based in Vancouver and Los Angeles, will oversee the DVD releases of Boll's theatrical titles in North America, which includes video game-to-movie features BloodRayne and Dungeon Siege.

“My movies make a lot of money on DVD, and the current system doesn't allow that money to come back to my investors,” said Boll, who's decided to take matters into his own hands with Event Films.

Boll will work with Romar, a new Hollywood theatrical distribution company founded by Billy Zane and Jim Schramm, on the theatrical releases of upcoming video game films. Event Films will oversee the production, manufacture and distribution of the DVD releases.

The $20 million BloodRayne, which stars Kristanna Loken, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Madsen, Ben Kingsley and Zane, will debut in theaters Jan. 6, 2006, on more than 2,500 screens. The movie will be released on DVD later in the year.

The $60 million In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, which stars Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Leelee Sobieski, Ron Pearlman and Loken, will be released theatrically in two parts Nov. 3, 2006, and Dec. 1, 2006, on more than 3,000 screens.

Boll said the DVD release in 2007 will include both films packaged together as a whole. He expects a ‘PG-13' theatrical version and an ‘R'-rated director's cut to be released on DVD.

Other films in the pipeline for the Event Films distribution channel include a humorous director's cut of Boll's first film, House of the Dead. The original version has been released on both DVD and UMD.

Boll has circumvented the Hollywood system for years. The German filmmaker has raised more than $287 million over the past two years to self-finance his video game films. Boll also has the film rights to Postal, Far Cry, Hunter: The Gathering and Fear Effect.

By creating his own distribution company for theatrical, home video and TV, Boll said he can remain in control of his own destiny. He will continue to focus solely on video game films, because they have a worldwide reach both theatrically and on home video, with the added bonus of UMD in the video pipeline.

Boll said his Boll KG fund is the No. 3 fund in Germany, which has enabled him to secure Event Films as a “mini-major.” He said that even big-budget Hollywood studio releases are failing to make money at the box office these days, and that most producers and investors don't see a return on their investment. “To create Event Films now and take control of things now is the best step for me,” Boll said.

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