Uwe Boll takes a new tack for 'Blackout'

Launches Web site seeking $50 contributions for next film

BERLIN -- German director Uwe Boll has found a new way to finance his genre output -- going to the Web to draw in "co-producers" willing to cough up 33 euros ($49) each to back his latest, the terrorist disaster tale "Blackout."

Boll hopes to raise $18.5 million, 50 bucks at a time, for "Blackout" through the film's Web site, TheBlackoutFilm.com. Participants who sign up, and transfer the money, are promised a limited-edition DVD of the film plus a chance to win a trip to the set and other prizes.

The site will be open till March 31. If the planned budget is not reached by then, but at least 43% of the desired cash has been collected, Boll may elect to make the movie with a smaller budget. If not, he says he will return most of the cash to investors. The site claims that at least 27 euros ($40) from each payment will be returned should the film not get made.

Known as "the Ed Wood of Germany," Boll has been consistently trashed by critics for his adaptations of popular video games including "Alone in the Dark," "BloodRayne" and the Dungeon Siege film "In the Name of the King."

He is now shooting the apocalyptic thriller "The Storm" starring Lauren Holly and Luke Perry and has several genre titles in the pipeline as producer, including "BloodRayne 3" and "Zombie Massacre."
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