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Aug272010

Is Valve considering making a Half-Life movie itself?

As someone who is finally playing through Half-Life 2 right now, I can say that it would make a great movie. Like many video game developers, Valve does not have a positive history with Hollywood. In an interview with PC Gamer, CEO and co-founder Gabe Newell shared the company's attempts to make a Half-Life movie.

From PC Gamer:

“Where we got into this direction was after Half-Life 1 had shipped. There was a whole bunch of meetings with people from Hollywood. Directors down there wanted to make a Half-Life movie and stuff, so they’d bring in a writer or some talent agency would bring in writers, and they would pitch us on their story. And their stories were just so bad. I mean, brutally, the worst. Not understanding what made the game a good game, or what made the property an interesting thing for people to be a fan of.

“That’s when we started saying ‘Wow, the best thing we could ever do is to just not do this as a movie, or we’d have to make it ourselves.’ And I was like, ‘Make it ourselves? Well that’s impossible.’ But the Team Fortress 2 thing, the Meet The Team shorts, is us trying to explore that.” - Gabe Newell, CEO, Valve

The Team Fortress 2 thing he's talking about is "Meet the Spy," a short film Valve made to promote the multiplayer game (embedded below).

While it's sad to hear that we may not get a Half-Life movie, I think a fully CGI film made by Valve could be pretty amazing. Everyone wants to make these movies live action, but sometimes a fully animated film is the way to go. At the very least, Valve could write their own script and oversee production. I'm not sure why any game company wouldn't write their own script, honestly. Do you think Half-Life would make a great movie? Maybe Portal?

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