It was his most ambitious shoot -- 60 days, at a cost of $60 million, Boll said. The movie -- with a cattle-call cast that included Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Burt Reynolds and Claire Forlani -- opened in Eastern Europe before playing the January graveyard shift in the U.S.
Statham, Boll said, backed out of doing talk-show promotion, as did Christian Slater on "Alone in the Dark." "Dungeon Siege" stands to lose around $20 million, Boll said, though he sends out e-mails that track the movie's progression on the DVD rental charts.
"The question I'm asked most often is, 'How do people continue to finance his movies?' " said Shawn Williamson of Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures. But Williamson, Boll's longtime producer, said he has returned profits to investors in the past.
"He does not make intentionally bad movies," Williamson said. "As he raised more and more funds in Germany, he became more focused on producing. But he's still passionate about directing."