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Uwe Boll Sues Billy Zane Over "BloodRayne"

Blood RayneIt looks like Uwe Boll is pointing fingers over the poor box office returns for "BloodRayne," the feature film adaptation of the popular video game.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Esq., the producers of "BloodRayne" sued their U.S. distributor Monday for allegedly failing to properly promote and distribute the horror film.

The eight-count complaint was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by the attorney for the film's director/producer Boll and his companies against Romar Entertainment, James Schramm and Billy Zane, seeking damages and attorney's fees.

The complaint alleges that in May 2005, Boll was finishing "Rayne" when Zane - who also stars in the film - suggested that Boll grant the U.S. distribution rights to Romar (Zane's production company with Schramm). An agreement was reached on August 31 and the film was released in the U.S. in January 2006 to 950 theaters.

The suit accuses Romar of breaching the agreement by failing to ensure that the movie opened in at least 2,000 theaters, of failing to pay the plaintiffs their share of the gross proceeds, and failing to use the $10 million advanced by the production company to promote and advertise the film.

Boll and his production company also allege that they gave about $900,000 out of the money provided for distribution and promotion - including an unauthorized $450,000 - to Zane as a "finder’s fee."

"BloodRayne," which featured Kristanna Loken, Michelle Rodriguez, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Davis, and Michael Madsen, cost $25 million to make but only grossed about $2.4 million at the domestic box office.

Romar Entertainment reps have made no comments on the case yet. It's still early, though. I'm sure they'll have a lot to say.

It may never be clear if a breach of contract caused the poor numbers for the film, but I suspect that the terrible reviews probably didn't help. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on June 6, 2006 11:44 AM
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