IN THE NAME OF THE KING: A DUNGEON SIEGE MOVIE
The life of a hardworking man known only as Farmer (Jason Statham) is changed forever when a marauding band of Krug—animalistic brutes in the thrall of an evil sorcerer—thunders down upon the unsuspecting village of Stonebridge, killing his son and kidnapping his wife, Solana (Claire Forlani). Galvanized by his grief, the once peace-loving peasant leads his mentor Norick (Ron Perlman) and brother-in-law Bastian (Will Sanderson) in pursuit of the Krug army to free Solana.
As the Krug overrun the countryside, the King’s magus Merick discovers the true source of their power: his old rival, Gallian (Ray Liotta), a formidable and power-hungry wizard. Gallian plans to use his hellish militia to overthrow King Konreid (Burt Reynolds) and place his sniveling pawn, Duke Fallow (Matthew Lillard), on the throne.
While the King’s forces ride forth to engage the bloodthirsty Krug, Farmer and his companions slip unseen through the treacherous mountain passes of Ehb into uncharted territory. A daring nighttime raid on a Krug encampment turns tragic when Norick and Bastian are captured and Farmer barely escapes with his life.
Desperate to find his wife and friends, Farmer joins the royal army in an epic battle. His extraordinary heroics catch the attention of both Gallian and Merick, who suspect there is more to the simple country squire than meets the eye. In a final confrontation that will determine the fate of Ehb, it is up to Farmer to claim his birthright and defeat Gallian, or allow the evil wizard to take control of the land.
In this breathtaking fantasy adventure, director Uwe Boll conjures up a medieval world filled with royal treachery, dark magic and spectacular battles, all set against some of the most awe-inspiring vistas ever captured on film.
Director: Uwe Boll
JASON STATHAM (Farmer) rocketed to leading-man status after wowing audiences in the title role of The Transporter (2002), a character written specifically for him. Statham earned even more fans with his role as the unstoppable assassin Chev Chelios in Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine’s heart-pumping 2006 action thrill ride, Crank. Since then, the British actor’s lethal good looks, athletic build and menacing onscreen presence have catapulted him to the forefront of the younger generation of action heroes.
One of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors, Statham will star in upcoming films including The Bank Job, with Saffron Burrows; Death Race, opposite Ian McShane; The Brazilian Job (sequel to the blockbuster heist film The Italian Job, in which he also starred), opposite Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron; and Crank 2, reprising his iconic role as Chev Chelios.
Born and raised in Sydenham, London, Statham made a name for himself as one of the best high divers on the British national team. But after 12 years of competition, he found himself struggling to make ends meet as a street salesman for stolen and counterfeit goods. When a talent agent helped him find work as a fashion model, Statham came to the attention of writer-director Guy Ritchie, who cast him in his art house action films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000). Statham soon made his American film debut as a British drug dealer in Turn It Up. He went on to land roles in features including The One with Jet Li, John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars and the indie drama London, opposite Jessica Biel and Dane Cook. He recently starred opposite Jet Li in War and his hit sequel Transporter 2 (2005) opened #1 at the U.S. box office en route to earning more than $85 million worldwide.
JOHN RHYS-DAVIES (Merick) is one of the most recognizable actors in the Sci Fi and fantasy realm, lending his charisma and gravitas to some of the genre’s best-loved franchises. Though he may be best known for his pitch-perfect supporting turn as Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, more recently Rhys-Davies created another iconic character, Gimli the dwarf, in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In between, Rhys-Davies anchored the cult TV favorite “Sliders” for forty episodes as Professor Maximilian Arturo. He is starring in three upcoming features—Prisoners of the Sun, Kiss Me Deadly, and Medium Raw—and the telefilms “Anaconda 3: The Offspring” and “Fire and Ice.”
Born in 1944, the Welsh actor was raised in England, Africa and Wales. He credits his early exposure to classic literature for his decision to pursue acting. After refining his craft at London's renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Rhys-Davies began a successful early career on stage and television. Notable roles included supporting parts in the classic miniseries “I, Claudius,” starring Derek Jacobi, and the British series “The Naked Civil Servant,” starring John Hurt.
Rhys-Davies got a big break playing wily Portuguese sea captain Vasco Rodrigues in the classic NBC miniseries, “Shogun,” which earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special. When it aired, the miniseries captured an amazing 51% of the total viewing audience, a feat that is unheard of today.
Fresh from this success, Rhys-Davies was cast in Steven Spielberg’s landmark adventure film, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Variety called Rhys-Davies portrayal of Indiana Jones’ jolly Egyptian sidekick “delightfully etched.” Over the next two decades, his film credits include roles in Victor, Victoria, Best Revenge, Sahara, King Solomon’s Mines, Firewalker, The Living Daylights, and The Young Toscanini. He would reprise his role as Sallah in Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) before appearing in The Great White Hype and Marquis de Sade.
Playing the fierce dwarf warrior Gimli in all three of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, Rhys-Davies was a member of the ensemble that won Screen Actors Guild, National Board of Review and People’s Choice awards for the cast of a motion picture.
Rhys-Davies’ other film credits include Scorcher, Endangered Species, Highbinders, The Game of Their Lives and Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement.
On television, Rhys-Davies appeared in the movies of the week “Peter and Paul,” “Sadat,” “Nairobi Affair,” “The Little Match Girl,” and “Under Cover.” His mini-series credits include “War and Remembrance,” “Great Expectations,” “Helen of Troy,” “Revelations” and “La Femme Musketeer.” He was a series regular on “The Untouchables” and then “Sliders,” a syndicated Sci Fi staple that ran from 1995 to 2000. His character, the cranky but good-hearted Maximilian Arturo, was considered the backbone of the series in its best years.
The actor has made numerous guest appearances on television shows such as “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek Voyager.” He lent his distinctive deep Welsh voice to a number of animated series and video games, including the “Wing Commander” series, “Lords of Everquest” and several Lord of the Rings-inspired games.
Rhys-Davies currently divides his time between residences in Los Angeles and the Isle of Man.
RAY LIOTTA (GALLIAN) first garnered wide attention for his hard-edged performance as Melanie Griffith’s explosive ex in Something Wild (1986). He won the Boston Society of Film Critics’ Best Supporting Actor Award (tying with Dennis Hopper for Blue Velvet) and was nominated for a Golden Globe. The performance also impressed director Martin Scorsese, who cast Liotta as Henry Hill in his classic gangster film Goodfellas (1990). He recently played himself in the animated hit Bee Movie.
The versatile and hardworking actor always has a number of projects in the works. He stars in five films slated for release in 2008—Powder Blue, opposite Jessica Biel and Forest Whitaker; Hero Wanted, alongside Cuba Gooding Jr.; La Linea, with Esai Morales; Chasing 3000, co-starring Rory Culkin; and The Night Job, opposite Marisa Tomei.
Liotta was born in 1954 in Newark, New Jersey and studied acting at the University of Miami. He played a popular character on the daytime drama “Another World,” Joey Perrini, but it was his award-winning turn as Ray Sinclair in Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild that kick-started his career. He appeared in Dominick and Eugene and Field of Dreams before being cast in the lead role for Goodfellas alongside Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci. The Washington Post hailed Liotta’s movie-anchoring performance as “stunning, standout.”
Other film credits include Article 99, Unlawful Entry, No Escape, Corrina, Corrina, Turbulence, Cop Land, Hannibal, Blow, Narc, John Q, Identity, Revolver, Local Color, Smokin’ Aces, Crossing Over, Wild Hogs, Battle in Seattle and Narc, for which he won an Independent Spirit Award (Best Supporting Actor).
Liotta has also left his mark in the TV world. His credits include “St. Elsewhere,” “Mike Hammer,” “Our Family Honor,” “Women and Men: Stories of Seduction,” “Frasier,” “Family Guy” and “ER,” for which he won an Emmy (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series).
Starring in the Golden Globe winning telefilm “The Rat Pack,” his performance as Frank Sinatra was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries). Liotta also starred in the made-for-television movie “Point of Origin” and toplined the CBS series “Smith.”
MATTHEW LILLARD (DUKE FALLOW) first turned heads with his darkly comic energy in Wes Craven’s Scream (1996), a refreshingly sly slasher film that set a decade-long course for the horror genre. He’s also well known for playing Shaggy in two successful Scooby Doo movies. Up next for Lillard is the Renaissance Fair-set comedy Ye Olde Times, opposite Jack Black and John C. Reilly.
Lillard was born in Lansing Michigan in 1970. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, CA and co-founded its Mean Street Ensemble theatre company. In 1991, Lillard moved to New York to attend the theatre school Circle in the Square. He was cast in Serial Mom (1994), starring Kathleen Turner, and played a supporting role in Mad Love (alongside Drew Barrymore and Chris O’Donnell) before his memorable turn as the sadistic Stuart in Scream. The film grossed $173 million worldwide and opened doors for the talented actor.
Lillard’s resume includes the films SLC Punk, Love's Labour’s Lost, Thirteen Ghosts, The Perfect Score, Wicker Park, Without a Paddle, What Love Is and One of Our Own. On television, his credits include “Vanishing Son IV,” “If These Walls Could Talk,” “Nash Bridges,” “The Devil's Child,” It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie,” “American Dad,” “13 Graves,” “The Replacements,” “Area 57” and “Robot Chicken.”
LEELEE SOBIESKI (MURIELLA) burst onto the international film scene in 1999 with her Emmy-nominated performance as Joan of Arc in the CBS miniseries of the same name, as well as a striking turn as the nymphet in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. She has leading roles in both the upcoming Al Pacino film, 88 Minutes (directed by Jon Avnet), and Walk All Over Me, with Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”). Sobieski recently completed shooting Night Train, an action film scheduled for 2009 release, with co-stars Steve Zahn and Danny Glover.
Leelee (short for Liliane) Sobieski was born in 1983, in New York City. Her father is somewhere in the royal line for the Polish Crown. The young actress was discovered by a talent scout in the cafeteria of her New York City school. Her first big break came in 1998's apocalyptic epic Deep Impact, opposite Elijah Wood.
Sobieski next landed the role of Joan in the CBS miniseries, “Joan of Arc,” which garnered her Golden Globe and Emmy nominations at the tender age of 17. That same year, she worked with Stanley Kubrick on the legendary director's last film, Eyes Wide Shut, opposite Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. After co-starring with Drew Barrymore in the romance Never Been Kissed, her career was off and running.
Other film credits include A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, Jungle 2 Jungle, Here on Earth, My First Mister, The Glass House, Joy Ride, Max, L'Idole, The Elder Son and Neil La Bute’s remake of The Wicker Man.
Sobieski received her second Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Tosia Altman in the made-for-television movie “Uprising” (2001). She also starred in the French miniseries "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (“Dangerous Liaisons”), based on Choderlos de Laclos' classic 18th century novel.
When Leelee's busy life gives her a break, she enjoys the diversions of painting and writing poetry.
BURT REYNOLDS (King Konreid) is an Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner. He has enjoyed enormous success as an actor and director in feature films, television and stage productions. In addition to receiving an Oscar nomination and winning the Golden Globe Award for Boogie Nights (1997), Reynolds was honored by The New York Film Critics, The Los Angeles Film Critics, The Chicago Film Critics and The National Society of Film Critics with Best Supporting Actor awards for his memorable role in that film. He provided the voice of Delgo’s Father in the forthcoming animated feature Delgo (2008), starring Val Kilmer, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Reynolds’ long list of feature film credits include Driven, The Crew, Mystery Alaska, Without a Paddle, Striptease, Citizen Ruth, Bean, Cop and a Half, Deliverance, Starting Over, White Lightning, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, Hustle, Semi-Tough, Tempted, Snapshots, Hotel, Time of the Wolf, Hooper, Stroker Ace, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, Sharky’s Machine, Gator, The End and The Final Hit. He also directed the latter four films.
More recently, Reynolds’ film work includes Randy and the Mob; a drama with Willie Nelson called Broken Bridges; The Longest Yard, with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock; The Dukes of Hazzard; End Game, with Cuba Gooding, Jr., Forget about It; Cloud Nine; Grilled and Deal.
In the television world, Reynolds has enjoyed an auspicious career as an actor, director and producer. Among his finest endeavors in this medium is the hit series “Evening Shade” (as star, executive producer and, more often than not, director). For this series he won his ninth People’s Choice Award (Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series) the 1991 Emmy Award for Best Performance in a Comedy and the Golden Globe Award for the same category. Reynolds’ other TV credits include “My Name is Earl,” “Riverboat,” “Gunsmoke,” “Hawk,” “Dan August” and “B.L. Stryker.” Additionally, he hosted a series of specials entitled “Burt Reynolds’ Conversation With...” He also starred in, directed and produced the CBS television movie “The Man from Left Field.”
Reynolds directed and starred in Turner Network Television’s ambitious “Hard Time,” a six-hour TV movie thriller trilogy. His four-hour miniseries “Johnson County War” aired on the Hallmark Channel, receiving huge ratings, and Hallmark’s “Hard Ground,” which aired July 2003, broke Hallmark’s record for most-watched movie.
The actor made his Broadway debut in “Look, We’ve Come Through” with director Jose Quintero. In addition, he has directed eight productions and starred in two at the Jupiter Theatre, which Reynolds founded in Jupiter, Florida. He also appears in his one-man show called “An Evening with Burt Reynolds.”
His numerous achievements include being named America’s Favorite All Around Motion Picture Actor (People’s Choice Award) for a record six consecutive years; chosen as the Most Popular Star for five years running; designated Star of the Year (National Association of Theater Owners); and proclaimed #1 Box Office Star for five years in a row, still an unmatched record.
Burt Reynolds’ commitment to his profession and devotion to education is perhaps best exemplified by the program he created to give college students scholastic credit and wages for their work while obtaining an education at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre (B.R.I.T.), located in Tequesta, Florida. Reynolds also created a chair at Florida State University through generous endowments, as well as one at the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.
His autobiography, My Life, reached the New York Times Bestseller List just after publication and Reynolds received the prestigious “Children at Heart Award” for his humanitarian efforts benefiting children affected by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
WILL SANDERSON (Bastian) has appeared in six films directed by Uwe Boll and has won the filmmaker’s trust as an actor he can depend on. Next, Sanderson stars as the vengeful undead killer Seed in Boll’s forthcoming film of the same name.
Sanderson was born in 1980 in Vancouver, Canada and began his acting career on television, appearing in such programs as “The Outer Limits” series and the telefilms “Y2K” and “Angels in the Endzone” before making his feature-film debut in Borderline Normal (2000), starring Robin Dunne, Stephanie Zimbalist and Corbin Bernsen.
Sanderson’s other TV credits include appearances on “Viper,” “Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy,” “First Wave,” “The Black Sash,” “Just Cause,” “The Dead Zone” and “Smallville.” He starred as Mike Roberts Jr. on “Just Deal” for two seasons and provided his vocal talents for three “AcceleRacers” telefilms airing on the Cartoon Network. He also appeared in the TV movie “Return to Cabin by the Lake,” starring Judd Nelson and Brian Krause.
On the big screen, Sanderson’s resume includes Cheaters, The Mangler 2, A Guy Thing, Real World: The Lost Season, Biohazard and Long Weekend. First cast by Uwe Boll in 2002’s Blackwoods, Sanderson would team up with the director again for Homeroom, House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark and Bloodrayne before In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.
Sanderson’s interests include a number of sports (including football, wrestling and snowboarding), horseback riding and roping.
An award-winning actor, RON PERLMAN (Norick) has moved seamlessly between the worlds of film, television and theater for almost three decades. He is well known for his breakthrough role as the hunchback in 1986’s The Name of the Rose (starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater), his starring turn on the CBS television series “Beauty and the Beast” (opposite Linda Hamilton), and for playing Hellboy in two live-action features and three animated films. Hellboy II: The Golden Army is slated for wide release in July 2008. Perlman has a number of upcoming projects on the schedule, including providing voice acting to a number of animated films and video games.
Born in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan, Perlman is a classically trained theatre actor. After receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Perlman returned to his native New York to begin his professional career on stage. There, he delved into the works of contemporaries like Pinter and Beckett as well as the classics of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Ibsen and Chekhov.
His film career began in the early eighties with back-to-back assignments for director Jean-Jacques Annaud: playing Amoukar in Quest for Fire, for which he received a Canadian Academy Award nomination, and as the hunchback Salvatore in Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose.
Perlman resumed his unique collaboration with French directors by starring in Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro’s award-winning City of Lost Children and costarring with Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder in Jeunet’s Alien Resurrection. In recent years, Perlman has lent his talents to studio ventures such as The Adventures of Huck Finn, Sleepwalkers, The Price of Glory, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Romeo is Bleeding, Fluke, Star Trek: Nemesis, Blade II and Hellboy as well as independent films like When the Bough Breaks, Cronos, The Last Supper, Happy Texas and The Last Winter.
Perlman’s film career was interrupted for a three-year run on CBS’ critically acclaimed “Beauty and the Beast,” for which he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor along with two Emmy nominations and three Viewers For Quality Television Awards. His other television credits include HBO’s telefilm “The Second Civil War,” “Mr. Stitch,” “The Adventures of Captain Zoom,” the Rob Nilsson adaptation of the Rod Serling classic “A Town Has Turned to Dust” for the Sci-Fi Channel, “The Magnificent Seven,” Stephen King’s “Desperation” and a leading role in John Carpenter’s second-season episode of “Masters of Horror” on Showtime.
Perlman is most proud of his pro bono work, appearing in the short films Two Soldiers (which won an Academy Award) and No. 6. He recently returned to his Broadway roots with the productions “A Few Good Men” and “Bus Stop.”
The actor lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Opal, and their two children, Blake and Brandon.
CLAIRE FORLANI (Solana) first gained prominence for her leading role in Meet Joe Black, opposite Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. On “CSI: New York,” Forlani has played recurring character Dr. Peyton Driscoll for 10 episodes. She stars with Daniel Craig and Olivia Williams in the feature Flashbacks of a Fool, slated for a 2008 release, and will play the leading role in the Irish production Crossmaglen, alongside Thora Birch and Brenda Fricker.
Forlani was born in 1972 in Twickenham, Middlesex, England, and raised in London, England. At age 11, she enrolled in London's Arts Educational School, where she studied dance and drama for the next six years. Her early theatre credits include “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Covent Garden and “Orpheus in the Underworld” at the Coliseum.
After appearances on U.K. television and in Kevin Smith’s Mallrats, Claire was offered the role of Sean Connery's estranged daughter Jade in Michael Bay’s blockbuster, The Rock. She also appeared in the acclaimed biopic Basquiat the same year. Forlani received good notices for her work in The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997) starring Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves and Adrien Brody. Subsequent film credits include Mystery Men, Magicians, Boys and Girls, Antitrust, Triggermen, Northfork, The Limit, The Medallion, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, Hooligans, The Shadow Dancer, Ripley Under Ground and Hallam Foe.
On the small screen, Forlani starred in the “Crouch End” episode of TNT’s Emmy-winning miniseries “Nightmares and Dreamscapes,” an adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller. Other credits include the telefilms “J.F.K.: Restless Youth,” “The Pentagon Papers” and Lifetime’s “Carolina Moon,” in which she played the lead role opposite Oliver Hudson.
BRIAN WHITE (Commander Tarish) starred in the 2007 hit Stomp the Yard as Sylvester, chapter leader of a step-dancing fraternity. However, he may be best known for playing Detective Tavon Garris in 10 episodes of FX’s award-winning police drama, “The Shield.” White was recently seen in Disney's smash hit The Game Plan, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and plays the lead role of Brandon Woods in the forthcoming feature Hollywood Chaos. White is a recurring character on the new CBS series about a vampire private investigator, “Moonlight,” and just wrapped shooting on the feature Fighting, opposite Terrence Howard and Channing Tatum.
The eldest and only boy of six siblings, White was born in Boston to a professional basketball player father (legend JoJo White of the Boston Celtics) and a financial advisor mother, who he credits as his hero. Brian is no stranger to hard work or success. A graduate of Dartmouth College, White has played both professional football (for the New England Patriots) and lacrosse (NLL’s Boston Blazers), earned his certifications as a licensed stock broker (series 7, 63 and 65) and co-founded the professional dance company/community youth outreach organization Phunk Phenomenon Urban Dance Theater.
White’s film credits include DOA: Dead or Alive, a film adaptation of the best-selling video game series that was directed by Corey Yuen (The Transporter); Tom Bezucha's The Family Stone, with an all-star cast including Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Claire Danes; the Independent Spirit Award-nominated film Brick, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Dirty, with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Clifton Collins Jr.; MR. 3000, with Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett; The Movie Hero, with Jeremy Sisto and Peter Stormare; Artisan Entertainment's drama Redemption and the romantic comedy Me & Mrs. Jones. White also makes a cameo appearance opposite Gabrielle Union in Tyler Perry's latest film, Daddy’s Little Girls.
The actor has established a strong presence on the small screen, starring in a number of television series such as "Moesha," MTV's "Spyder Games," UPN's comedy "Second Time Around" and most notably, acclaimed FX drama "The Shield." He was also seen opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in two episodes of the successful CBS series, “The Ghost Whisperer.”
White is the President of Celebrity Relations for Warm2Kids (We're All Role Models), an online membership community dedicated to inspiring teens and young adults to make positive life decisions and to ensure that no young person or family suffers in silence. Additionally, he is a founding partner with director Sylvain White of White, LLC., a full-service production and finance company based in Hollywood.
KRISTANNA LOKEN (ELORA) was the sinuous T-X model assassin in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, co-starring Nick Stahl and Claire Danes. Loken plays the recurring character Paige Sobel on the award-winning Showtime series “The L Word” and has the title role on Sci Fi Channel’s “Painkiller Jane.”
Loken was born in 1979 and raised on an organic fruit farm in upstate New York. During her childhood, she was exposed to both public and private schools and came to love horseback riding. She competed in equestrian events and has ridden across much of Hawaii, Ireland and Namibia, Africa.
At 15 years old, Loken was cast as Dani Andropolous on the long-running soap opera, “As the World Turns.” Numerous guest spots on TV shows such as “Boy Meets World,” “Just Shoot Me,” and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” led to a major role on “Pensacola: Wings of Gold” in 1997. Next, Loken was a series regular on “Mortal Kombat: Conquest” and appeared in eight episodes of “Philly.”
After her performance as the menacing T-X in T3, more film roles in Worn Like a Tattoo, BloodRayne, and Lime Salted Love followed.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
UWE BOLL (Director, Executive Producer) has attracted worldwide attention in the gaming community for his film adaptations of popular video games, which include Alone in the Dark, starring Christian Slater and Tara Reid, BloodRayne, starring Ben Kingsley and Kristanna Loken, and the upcoming satire Postal, starring Zack Ward and Dave Foley.
With Postal, Boll roasts an entire herd of sacred cows and smashes taboos to smithereens in a hilariously subversive critique of modern day America. Inspired by the notorious videogame of the same name, Postal lampoons religious extremists, minorities, bureaucrats, immigrants, cops, women, the Holocaust, gun nuts and more with evenhanded abandon.
Boll recently wrote and directed the upcoming horror thriller Seed, starring Will Sanderson, Ralf Moeller and Michael Paré, about a murderer who seeks revenge on the prison officials who tried unsuccessfully to execute him and then buried him alive. Other future projects include the videogame adaptations BloodRayne II: Deliverance, with Natassia Malthe and Zack Ward; Alone in the Dark II; Tunnel Rats and Far Cry.
Boll’s directing credits also include the zombie horror thriller House of the Dead; Heart of America, a drama about a high school killing spree starring Jürgen Prochnow, Michael Paré, Patrick Muldoon, Kett Turton, Elisabeth Moss and Maria Conchita Alonso; and Blackwoods, a thriller about a young man haunted by the accidental death of a young girl, starring Patrick Muldoon, Keegan Connor Tracy, Michael Paré, Will Sanderson and Clint Howard.
He also wrote and directed the 2000 television movie “Sanctimony,” starring Casper Van Dien, Michael Paré, Eric Roberts, Jennifer Rubin and Catherine Oxenberg, about a stock broker-turned-serial killer.
Boll, who holds a doctorate in literature, began his filmmaking career in his native Germany, where he directed Erste Semester, Das (The First Semester) (1997), Amoklauf (1994) Barschel - Mord in Genf? (1993) and German Fried Movie (1991).
He is the founder and CEO of Boll KG, through which he finances, produces and distributes his films.