After being blasted by critics for his feature adaptations of such video games as House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark and BloodRayne, German director Ewe Boll is doing what many filmmakers would love to do to unkind reviewers. Back in August, we reported that Boll had issued a challenge to his detractors, inviting them to go three rounds with him in a boxing ring. The first set of matches were held this past weekend, leaving four critics wishing they had kept their jabs in print.
Sponsored by Internet casino GoldenPalace.com, the “Raging Boll” event saw the director pummel Richard “Lowtax” Kyanka of SomethingAwful.com, Jeffrey Sneider of Aintitcoolnews.com, Chris Alexander of horror magazine Rue Morgue and 17-yr-old web critic Nelson Chance Minter. None of the competitors lasted more than 2 rounds and all the fights ended by KO or TKO.
Boll, who has more than 30 years experience in the ring, had the matches filmed and will incorporate them in his upcoming adaptation of the video game Postal from developer Running With Scissors. He is also directing a film based on Ubisoft’s Far Cry, and is currently in post-production on a feature based on Microsoft’s role-playing franchise, Dungeon Siege. The $60 million fantasy epic starring Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Narc) is slated for a late-summer release in 2007.