Half-Life movie would have to be made by Valve, not off the table

Gabe Newell, CEO and co-founder of Valve, has told PC Gamer that if a Half-Life movie were made, it would have to be made by Valve itself. Oh, and Valve has considered it. Really! Here's Gabe on Valve's previous attempts at creating a Half-Life film adaptation:

“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 sounds about right. We'd start listing game movie scripts that are also "brutally, the worst," but that'd take too long. So what's the solution? Why, make it yourself, of course:

“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.”

Keep exploring! Look, Valve, either announce Half-Life 3, or Episode 3, or something, or announce this movie. Those are your choices. We await your response.

PC Gamer's 'Valve' issue should be on US shelves soon, and will be available in their online shop on September 1st. Pick it up for tons more inside information on the legendary company and its beloved games.

Aug 27, 2010


  • Spartanoffaith - August 28, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    Every time a fat joke at Gabe's expense the movie gets set back 25 years.
  • Redeater - August 28, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    Wow am I the only one who wouldn't want to see a half life movie? If you want a half life movie go watch The Mist.
  • NinjaJamez - August 28, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    well those team fortress shorts were pretty cool, maybe is not a bad idea
  • Nodoudt - August 28, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    I remember I saw some live-action thing on Machinima's Youtube channel. It looked fairly impressive to me. Although a really awesome CGI movie would be cool too...I wonder if they could make it like AVATAR. o__o
  • ChrisAntistaLikesLittleBoys - August 28, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    The thing about a life life movie is... "Gordon, we hae to get to white forest!" "..."
  • Jacko415 - August 28, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    I think Gabe Newell + J.J Abrams would be a good team on a Half-Life movie. what with J.J's film expertise, And Gabe keeping it in check, and they're friendship they made very clear with both sides giving easter eggs for each other. Also hit up the Purchase Brothers (the people behind the YouTube video 'Escape From City 17').
  • Fiirestorm21 - August 28, 2010 1:52 a.m.

    Well, not definitively closing off the option of someone else doing it, more like, "Well, at this point..." Not much difference, but still felt it worth pointing out. And a "Valve" issue from PC Gamer? This I'm very interested in seeing.
  • ColonelKc - August 28, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    @Spartanoffaith LOL that just made my day.
  • batmanboy11 - August 28, 2010 2:29 a.m.

    I doubt this'll happen any time soon.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 28, 2010 3:07 a.m.

    If a Half-Life movie was to happen without breaking the feeling of the games, I don't think it could have Gordon Freeman in it. The games did such a good job of making it feel like you were Freeman... seeing him in a movie would kind of wreck the whole thing.
  • HaitianSensation - August 28, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    I don't think a Gordon Freeman/Half Life movie would work because he has no voice (don't give him one!), he is basically by himself the entire game and he's just running around. The only way it would work is if it was set in that HL universe and not necessarily starring Gordon Freeman.
  • 8bitBaby - August 28, 2010 3:51 a.m.

    hrm... *rubs chin dubiously.
  • Silvermech - August 28, 2010 3:53 a.m.

    I think even Valve, or anybbody who made a certain videogame(nintendo), would have some trouble making up a script. Which is why they should post rough drafts on the net for respectable gaming sights like gamesradar, so that actual gamers can help shape the movies.
  • RebornKusabi - August 28, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    Yeah, because you know what translates really well in a video game to motion picture adaptation? A silent, non-speaking protagonist...
  • BlindMarksman - August 28, 2010 4:19 a.m.

    Hey GamesRadar! I think your page is broken! This page talks about Half-Life 2, But weirdly, the rating is 9 instead of the logical 10. (Shame on you...) I hope you realize this is a BIG mistake and that you fix it soon! Thanks!
  • mattrickhoffman - August 28, 2010 4:24 a.m.

    @RebornKusabi Actually, I can think of several movies that would have been improved if the protagonist couldn't talk...
  • xerroz - August 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.

    i dont see a half life movie working (itd be a big flip like every other game based movie)
  • zer0hvk - August 28, 2010 6:52 a.m.

    I don't know how the movie would work, with Gordon being a silent scientist, and the game going through his eyes. Although Valve has a tendency of being freaking genius, if anyone could pull it off, it would be Valve.
  • sofaku - August 28, 2010 8:32 a.m.

    hear me out have gordan freeman played by morgan freeman
  • Memph - August 28, 2010 8:34 a.m.

    L4D1 would make an awsome movie. still one of my all-time fave intro vids ever.

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