Chris Taylor Has No Regrets With Dungeon Siege Movie

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Chris Taylor Has No Regrets With Dungeon Siege Movie



In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale [http://www.amazon.com/Name-King-Dungeon-Siege-Tale/dp/B00140PK82/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1278966905&sr=1-1] was universally panned and bombed at the box office, but Gas Powered Games' Chris Taylor does not regret that it was made.

Released in 2007 and directed by Uwe Boll, the Dungeon Siege film boasted a huge production budget and some big star power. The plot of the film was loosely based on the Dungeon Siege games written and designed by Chris Taylor. Hollywood stars such as Burt Reynolds and Ray Liotta appeared in the film, as well as lesser known but respected genre actors like Ron Perlman and Jason Statham as the main character Farmer. The film was reported to have cost over $60 million to make and yet only grossed $10.3 million worldwide as of February 2008. Dungeon Siege: The Movie! was also roundly panned by critics, earning a spot on most Worst Film of the Decade lists and garnering a mere 4% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes [http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/in_the_name_of_the_king_a_dungeon_siege_tale/] for its "wooden performances" and "laughable dialogue."

Despite all of the negativity, Chris Taylor takes a much healthier view of the whole process.

"I think the world has spoken on the movie, I was just thrilled to go up to the set and meet Jason Statham and Ray Liotta," Taylor told me last week at GDC 2010. "If could I have changed it and said that I don't want to do that, and I didn't get a chance to see inside the sausage-factory of filmmaking and didn't get to meet all of the interesting people, that would be a real shame.

"I think the only thing you can do as a creative person is to aspire to do better next time. If your first oil-painting has got to be the Mona Lisa, then what fun would that be?" he said. "You got to start someplace and grow. Maybe that's our first swing at it."

Does that mean he was hinting at a Supreme Commander 2 movie in the works? "And that it would be better than Dungeon Siege?" he said with a laugh. "No, I'm not hinting at that."

Taylor did add that he got a kick out of Hollywood actors saying lines that he thought of when he was just a kid. "I had a game when I was sixteen that I was designing for my TRS-80 called The World of Ehb," he said. When he was 29 and he started work on Dungeon Siege, he decided to use the setting that he had written for that game. "Then I had Burt Reynolds saying 'Citizens of Ehb' or something like that, I was like 'Burt Reynolds is saying something that I thought in high school. That ain't right!' That was the thrilling part."

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Ne1butme

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I like the enthusiasm. But next time, don't let Uwe Boll direct. And if he has to direct, then make sure you get your money upfront and not a percentage of the gross.
 

dalek sec

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I do like the man's enthusiasm about meeting stars and the like so I can't fault him for that but as Ne1butme just said, don't let Uwe Boll direct and your movie should be that much better.
 

thenumberthirteen

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Has Uwe Boll ever made a successful movie? I don't mean good, but financially successful?

I know he takes advantage of tax loopholes, but has he made money?
 

hansari

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Ne1butme said:
I like the enthusiasm. But next time, don't let Uwe Boll direct. And if he has to direct, then make sure you get your money upfront and not a percentage of the gross.
Didn't you read it?

He said he doesn't care...cause he still got to meet Jason Statham and Ray Liotta.

Mission accomplished.
 

syndicated44

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This guy really is the happiest person ever. Its kind of intoxicating. I just got around to watching more of his little video production blog thing and seriously either this guy is absolutely nuts or is in love with his life.
 

Gladion

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thenumberthirteen said:
Has Uwe Boll ever made a successful movie? I don't mean good, but financially successful?

I know he takes advantage of tax loopholes, but has he made money?
Yes, his most recent movies, which you don't know about (possibly because they're not game-related) were pretty successful and even decent. He's getting better, even though his reputation won't.
 

Kuala BangoDango

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I actually liked the movie. Not the greatest of course but was fairly entertaining, though I made sure not to have high expectations going in so I wasn't disappointed.

I do have to agree though on why Uwe Boll? Is he the only one replying to game-makers movie offers or something? Cause most everyone generally agree that he's the guy to go to if you want cheesiness.
 

UnravThreads

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That makes me wonder too. If Uwe Boll is so disliked, why do they let him make films? Alone in the Dark, Far Cry, Dungeon Siege... They're the only ones I can think of that he's done (Did he do Bloodrayne too?).
I have considered getting this film, but I've never gotten around to it.
 

rembrandtqeinstein

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You know what, if you ignore every other movie ever made, and just look at Uwe Boll movies, then in that continuum Dungeon Siege is actually pretty entertaining.

Ray Liotta looking embarrassed to be there while playing the bad guy is particularly funny.

Believe it or not Uwe Boll has actually made a good movie...Tunnel Rats [link]http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970462/[/link] Check it out on netflix and see what I mean.
 

Davrel

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Uwe Boll.

That sums it up really. I think the man probably has something wrong with him.
 

Orcus The Ultimate

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one of the worst fantasy movies i saw, i'd prefer to watch Willow which is an incredibly well acted movie than this piece of raw wood.
 

AceDiamond

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I find it so hard to find fault with Chris Taylor's enthusiasm. I mean sure it was an Uwe Boll movie but on the other hand he's just so damn happy about it it's hard to be mad at him.
 

simmeh

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Eh, if he's happy.

Though, the movie really is as bad as they say. Hideous dialogue, muddled plot, rampant scenery chewing, pointless side stories, unnecessarily long fight scenes, and did I mention its more than 2 hours in length?

You want to know the worst part? I went and watched House of the Dead right afterwards, and had Alone in the Dark lined up after that (which I never ended up watching for fear of going clinically insane).

So yeah, good for him. Just don't try and do a Uwe Boll movie marathon at any point.
 

elricik

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This is just like my film class. I make movies with my friends in the hope that they will be good, but there usually really bad. But I don't really care if people don't like them, I just had fun with my friends and it was a great way to spend a few hours of time the only difference is..........I DIDN'T WASTE 40 MILLION DOLLARS!!!!!!!
 

Flight

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Well, he has a positive outlook regarding that, so that's good. However, people just need to stay away from Uwe Boll. Maybe we can give him something shiny to distract him from making any more movies.
 

shogunblade

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I actually thought Dungeon Siege was alright. A friend gave it to me for a birthday gift (He knows I hate Uwe Boll), and yet, it was good. You can't always expect perfection, and it wasn't perfect, but it was fun. So good, I actually watched it two more times since (!)
 

samsonguy920

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There was a lot about Dungeon Siege:)The Movie!) I rather enjoyed myself. Ray Liotta did strike me as being miscast but he made the best of it, and Jason Statham wasn't given as strong a role as he typically is featured. Storyline in fantasy movies is practically canon to always fall flat. Though Uwe Boll was no help to changing that. But there is one thing that holds Dungeon Siege up....it's hell of a lot better than Dungeons and Dragons:The Embarrassment!
Now if I had written a book or created a game, and someone made a movie about it, I would not care in the least if the movie failed. Though I would hope my book/game still sold afterward. So I can definitely see Chris Taylor's point of view on this.
And if there is one thing Hollywood could finally dip into, is mecha-movies. Avatar's action sure got helped by mechs going at it. So I would love to see Supreme Commander get tapped to get put on the big screen. That would surely inspire someone to try to up it with another mecha movie.
 

JaredXE

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Hey, it was the best Uwe Bolle movie ever done, and the best fantasy-action movie of that year.


Because I remember what else came out that year. That's right, Eragon.