Chains Not Game for Boll’s Postal

When he’s not literally pummeling his critics in the boxing ring, film director Uwe Boll is cranking out modestly budgeted features based on popular video games. And while most of them have enjoyed fairly wide release in the U.S., his latest Postal, is only hitting a handful of theaters in select cities this Friday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Boll blames political correctness on the part of theater chains since the dark comedy features jokes about 9/11, President Bush and Osama bin Laden.

While Boll feels Postal is his ‘best-received movie so far,’ exhibitors largely passed on the pic, which producers hoped to get into at least 1,500 venues. Intrigued moviegoers will instead have to seek it out in about 15 theaters spread out across New York, Los Angeles and about six other localities.

A spokesman for the AMC theater chain said, “We carefully evaluate the movies that we choose to play in our theaters and elected not to put this film in our theaters because we feel is does not have potential for commercial success in the U.S.”

A German filmmaker who currently resides in Canada, Boll has carved out a niche for himself in the realm of game-to-film adaptations with big-screen takes on Sega’s House of the Dead, Atari’s Alone in the Dark and Majesco’s BloodRayne and Microsoft’s Dungeon Siege. He has also been attached to adaptations of Eido’s Fear Effect, Vivendi Universal Games’ Hunter: The Reckoning and Ubisoft’s Far Cry.

Postal has screened at film festivals in Toronto, Montreal and San Francisco, among others. Boll is self-distributing the pic through his North American company Event Film. Vivendi Ent. holds home video and other ancillary rights.

Developed by Running with Scissors, the Postal video game as spawned a successful sequel, Postal 2, as well as several expansions including the multi-player Share the Pain and Apocalypse Weekend. More information on the franchise can be fond at www.gopostal.com.