Valve talks Half-Life movie

Writer Marc Laidlaw says Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, and Paul Verhoeven would make fitting directors for film based on shooter series.

Valve has been pursuing a Half-Life movie for nearly a decade, but the project has not gotten rolling. That has not changed, but Valve writer Marc Laidlaw has opened up on who his dream candidates would be to direct a big-screen adaptation of the sci-fi shooter series.

"If Paul Verhoeven returned to science fiction films, he would do something insane with Half-Life…maybe something objectionably insane, but at least not boring. Peter Jackson has proved himself an amazing purveyor of faithful adaptations. Guillermo del Toro has the horror vibe that I think a lot of people miss out on when thinking about a Half-Life movie," Laidlaw said. "Half-Life is essentially horror after all. The science in it barely passes as hand-waving, but when a headcrab jumps at your head, it’s a precisely engineered jolt."

Verhoeven is most famous for directing Total Recall and Robocop, while Jackson earned his place in film history for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Del Toro directed Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy

Ultimately, Laidlaw said he believes there are numerous directors who could do the Half-Life fiction justice on the silver screen. However, fans may want to temper their excitement for the film, as Laidlaw said "most of them are busy pursuing their own visions."

The Half-Life movie was first revealed in 2003, following Half-Life 2's showing at the 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Valve is looking to for a project that would extend the elements of the game and broaden the franchise's audience, though no other details are available.

Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs director Quentin Tarantino was reportedly in talks to direct the film, though Valve said this was not the case.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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AkhilAnilkumar
AkhilAnilkumar

Many old video gamers must have died while waiting for half life 3 to come out.

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

First I want Half-Life 3, then we can talk about a movie.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Please make it Paul Verhoeven. That man's a genius. Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct. What more needs to be said?

sonicare
sonicare

Video game movies.  Just say no.

wastinnaziscum
wastinnaziscum

I'd suggest Danny Boyle as well.. 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Valve has been pursuing a Half-Life movie for nearly a decade" Oh, yeah!? Well, we've been waiting half a decade for a Half-Life 3/Episode 3. With a silent protagonist (even Alyx herself remarks on that) I don't know how they would do a movie, but it might be good nevertheless.

Psycold
Psycold

'Brain Dead' or 'Bad Taste' era Peter Jackson would have been good for this, but not anymore. 

jayjay444
jayjay444

Perter Jackson wouldn't be practical since he's making 3 Hobbit movies so that rolls him out. 

jayjay444
jayjay444

bring out Half-life 3 already i don't care about a movie.

ender707
ender707

Valve wants to "broaden the franchise's audience"? 

 

2 or 3 new generations of gamers exist now that were in diapers the last time a HL game came out.  Releasing HL3 alone will broaden the audience.

gashoe13
gashoe13

Would be nice if Gary Oldman played Freeman.

badiie05
badiie05

HAHA i got real exctied too when I saw the Half-life 2 on the homepage... now i'm disappointed.

Slade968
Slade968

*Log onto gamespot and see Valve/Half-Life headline*

"OMG YES THE FUCKING IMPOSSIBLE HAS HAPPENED"

*Look a little closer*

*Soul-crushing disappointment because its about some bullshit movie that will probably never be made"

 

...HALF-LIFE 3 PLEASE

farcorners
farcorners

There is a lot of deep rich story in Half Life. They should surely make a two or three part movie series to go along with the game, and release one per decade, with major cliffhanger endings.

Plataea
Plataea

So many films that come out are junk.  If they do make a Half Life movie (which I think is a bad idea) it needs to have artistic merit.

 

However, here's a better idea:  Don't make a movie at all.  Make Half Life 3!

tightwad34
tightwad34

Ha ha. This is definitely not what Half-Life fanboys wanted to hear.

vrajitorugaoz
vrajitorugaoz

It is not a certainty that by making a movie a lot of the people who see it will also migrate to the game. The fanbase is there and all we are asking for is the release of the next GAME, for which we have been waiting for quite a while now and not for a movie...good or bad, whatever... just spend that money on making the game better and releasing it faster...

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

the original interview just randomly asked their dream ppl to make a half life movie if they wanted one. gamespot kinda puts this out of context

mwarnos
mwarnos

Suddenly I feel the urge to play Half-Life 2 again...

 

Rivboets7
Rivboets7

I was thinking of a Half Life 3 not another game movie.  They haven't even finished the game series yet!

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

Actors signed a contract for 2 movies. Exactly 2 because that's as far as Valve goes.

jollyLibrtarian
jollyLibrtarian

I've got a better idea: why don't you just get your own asses on directing Half-Life 3?

Smakaveli
Smakaveli

This just made me puke rage-induced stomach acid onto my monitor. Fuckin Valve. I thought they were going to talk about Episode 3 a little. I'm going to bed now. Bye. :(

espviper301
espviper301

"Valve is looking to for a project that would extend the elements of the game and broaden the franchise's audience..." - How about you fucking release Episode 3?

hickabickabooya
hickabickabooya

So this whole article was about who the writer thinks would make a good movie?

Faber_Fighter
Faber_Fighter

A film about the 7 hour war would be amazing. There would be no need to include Gordan because of his absence during that time period, and especially because I'd rather have him stay as the 'silent' protagonist. It would be perfect.

LazyGamerX
LazyGamerX

unless they plan on making  2 movies and then never F'ing finishing the story they need to make HL ep3 already.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Before the Great Lord Gaben (GLG for short) gets his and his coworkers Hollywood careers started, they should probably open the Heavenly Gaming Gates (HGG for short) and let us have the mythical Half Life of 3.

 

The they can audition for Broadway musicals and get their talents noticed by top tier directors.

DEagle267
DEagle267

So whoever gets the role of Gordon has an easy script to memorize. "............"

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Hmm, and who will act as Dr. Gordon? 8-\

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

Do. Not. Make. A. Half-Life. Movie. Based. On. The. Games.

I will welcome a Half-Life movie based in the universe, but not on the games. Make it about what happened after Gordon stepped into the G-Man's stasis. What happened during his absence. Make something about people trying to escape City 17 after the reactor meltdown. Make something about people in some other "city." There's a lot you can do without risking destroying the almost perfect immersion of the games. Gordon "doesn't talk" because it is expected that the player character "answer." It's written in a way where you COULD respond and the game still works (unless you be trollin'). In effect, you ARE Gordon. Your emotions are transposed into his silence and you, in a very meaningful way (at least to me) become Gordon Freeman. Making a movie with some actor playing Gordon, responding and interacting, would effectively ruin the movie.

Poodger
Poodger

 @Psycold While I agree that his style has changed in a way that would not fit this movie anymore, he still makes FANTASTIC movies. If anything, I would say he changed for the best. The LotR movies were fantastic, and The Hobbit movies look to be on par with those.

Slade968
Slade968

 @farcorners Apparently, that is the only way Valve knows how to release anything...

towny_
towny_

 @espviper301 Would you rather a rushed game, or a good one? Valve has made and remade parts of the game, trying to perfect it so that it can live up to the earlier games.

sgsummers
sgsummers

 @espviper301 Pretty sure there was an article somewhere that said valve was working on ep3 but the development lead to half life 3. The same article also said that they restarted completely on a new half life 3 like 3 times.

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

 @DEagle267 Who knows , may be there will be a proper voice actor for Gordon Freeman in Half Life 3 just like Issac Clark in DS 2 and so on .

conspirethis
conspirethis

 @SlowMotionKarma Completely agree. A Half-Life movie within the universe, and not the main events of the game's themselves, would be freakin' awesome. And to do this, I think the guy who directed Children of Men would be a good fit. Like for Children of Men director!!

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

 @towny_  @espviper301

Duke Nukem Forever wasn't rushed either... 3D Realms made and remade parts of that game to... Longer development times don't always equal "Good game"