Director Uwe Boll has been ordered by a court to pay $2.1 million to Fantastic Films International per the judgment of a breach of contract and libel claim filed by the company. It has been found that Boll broke worldwide exclusive rights owed to Fantastic Films by either taking away the agreed rights, or outright not paying them for their cut of the distribution returns from 45 countries.
Included in the part of the judgment for libel, was a $200,000 payout to Fantastic Films owner Roxane Barbat for e-mails that Boll sent to potential buyers which apparently made false claims about the company.
You know what? Sure, the man takes video games, puts them in film, then butchers them into mediocrity. But in a way, Uwe can be viewed as the world's most powerful conceptual artist. This is but a price one pays for one's art. Think about it. Much like the defiance of the conventional by the Dadaists of the early 20th century who stood on the brink of a newly-branded mechanized destruction at the hands of the First World War, Uwe is an anti-artist. He somehow takes "good" concepts of the world that are non-tangible, "abducts them" through media, and makes them "un-good." It's his artistic stamp, his mustache on the Mona Lisa, if you will. He is giving the cruel world a proverbial (and often literal) middle finger. One day, original film cells from House of the Dead will grace the Louvre.