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Valve Would Like to Make the Half-Life Movie

PC Gamer has quotes from an interview with Gabe Newell where the Valve managing director reveals his company's interest in being the creators of a Half-Life movie instead of letting Hollywood adapt their shooter. They also have another story from the conversation where Gabe explains they were considering a fairy-themed action game at one point before settling on Left 4 Dead as a project, somewhat mercilessly ripping into what a bad idea the dropped concept was. Here are Gabe's thoughts on the Half-Life movie:

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.

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28. Re: Valve Would Like to Make the Half-Life Movie Aug 27, 2010, 07:30 Zzet
 
Nameless Again wrote on Aug 26, 2010, 23:26:
Meh...why spend two hours watching a movie about Half-Life, when I could be playing it?

That said, they hit the ball out of the park with the first game. HL2 still doesn't hold a candle to HL1.
Ooo, I might have to disagree with you there. I love both games but Half-Life 2 had better characters, a substantially richer world and a more intriguing plot. Half-Life 1 certainly had a better introduction and it would translate almost perfectly to a movie beginning, but I think Half-Life 2 would povide better movie fodder.

Tell you what, they should make both. BUT AFTER EPISODE 3!
 
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