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Valve Wants to Make Half-Life Movie Themselves

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Now I sort of want to see a Team Fortress comedy instead.

Like many great successful fictional properties, be they novels, comic books or video games, Hollywood comes knocking looking to cash in on the story.

There's nothing wrong with that, as the films have given us wonderful depictions of comic books and even amusement park rides, but Valve isn't keen on having any outside help on making the Half-Life movie.

While the set up of Black Mesa and City 17 seem perfect for a sci-fi movie, Valve's Gabe Newell feels that nobody in Hollywood would be able to make the Half-Life movie that the developer would want to see.

In an interview with PC Gamer, Newell related a time after the release of the first Half-Life: "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."

Newell made it clear that it's not a talent problem, as he admits to being a World of Warcraft player, but not one that is excited to see what Sam Raimi does with the movie.

"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."

How would you feel about a Half-Life movie done like the Team Fortress 2 series?

Meet the Spy

Meet the Sniper

Meet the Demoman

Meet the Scout

Meet the Engineer

Meet the Soldier

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    ricardok , August 30, 2010 11:19 AM
    I would love to see a TF movie. Would be awesome.
    But I can live with the HalfLife too ir it's made by valve.
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    adikos , August 30, 2010 11:28 AM
    i have all the TF2 movies saved on my machine. i think they are brilliant and very well done. the writing/scripts are well thought out and the little details they put into them make them that much better. things like the intel room passcode being 1-1-1-1, and its the only dirty button on the pad, or the sniper smile right before he fires his gun, or the noise the chair makes when the HWG moves it.

    that said im not sure about a HL2 movie, but valve has showed they have a good writing staff and their animation is pretty good, so im sure they could pull it off, the question is, should they?
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    ken062083 , August 30, 2010 12:52 PM
    An entire movie where the main character doesn't say a word?
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    ricardok , August 30, 2010 11:19 AM
    I would love to see a TF movie. Would be awesome.
    But I can live with the HalfLife too ir it's made by valve.
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    toxxel , August 30, 2010 11:25 AM
    I would love a Half-Life movie though not sure how it would do seeing mostly gamers will connect the name with the depth of the story and not the average person who goes to the movies on a weekly basis.
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    w0lfattack , August 30, 2010 11:27 AM
    No no no! We see enough animation from Valve already. I want to see a real movie from them. A Half-Life movie with someone like Clive Owen would be amazing. The game has a good story line and it would make a great movie.
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    adikos , August 30, 2010 11:28 AM
    i have all the TF2 movies saved on my machine. i think they are brilliant and very well done. the writing/scripts are well thought out and the little details they put into them make them that much better. things like the intel room passcode being 1-1-1-1, and its the only dirty button on the pad, or the sniper smile right before he fires his gun, or the noise the chair makes when the HWG moves it.

    that said im not sure about a HL2 movie, but valve has showed they have a good writing staff and their animation is pretty good, so im sure they could pull it off, the question is, should they?
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    Travis Beane , August 30, 2010 11:49 AM
    As long as they're willing to make it 6 hours per major instalment and 2 hours for every episode. No 90 minute crap. Half Life trilogy, Half Life 2 trilogy, HL2:EP1 single, HL2:EP2 another single movie.
    I would pay $20 for every disc. $200 to get them all on Bluray in a collectors edition.

    There are too many great novels and the such that became movies hat weren't worth watching.It's not about $100,000,000 budgets, it's about taking your time, getting the appropriate director and actors (not just the most popular, like Tom Cruise and Michael Bay), and staying true to the original script (too many liberties are taken sometimes in the transition, liberties that can ruin it for the die hard fan).
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    Darkv1 , August 30, 2010 11:56 AM
    The concept of a Half-Life movie makes me a bit nervous since most video game movies are hideously bad. Although if Valve made it themselves it could be pretty good. Just keep Uwe Boll the hell away from it!!!
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    castle songbird , August 30, 2010 12:11 PM
    IMO if its going to be rendered with the source engine, even if it's cg, it would feel to similar to the half life games themselves to not feel redundent. It would have to have a seperate story. That would be exellent. GlaDos cameo anyone?
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    Petey1013 , August 30, 2010 12:12 PM
    More like give it to HBO and let them make a TV show out of it. That I'd watch.
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    cmartin011 , August 30, 2010 12:12 PM
    agree with travis beane!
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    TheRockMonsi , August 30, 2010 12:13 PM
    Well, I think that's awesome that they decided not to let Hollywood change so many things up (I don't know what you'd call it - "Hollywoodize"?) like it has with so many comicbook, novel, and videogame stories like X-Men, and things of that nature.

    I mean, don't get me wrong, there are movies that do end up being good, but for hardcore fans of something, it's not always liked because the story has been changed up so much up for the mainstream and not you, the original audience.
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    cmartin011 , August 30, 2010 12:17 PM
    NOT BAD THO IT INTERESTING TO SEE THIS KINDA STORY LINE KINDA LIKE BAD COMPANY
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    soo-nah-mee , August 30, 2010 12:19 PM
    Quote:
    Newell made it clear that it's not a talent problem, as he admits to being a World of Warcraft player
    Well that explains his enormous size.
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    brendano257 , August 30, 2010 12:40 PM
    I'd love to see a movie, but it would have to be real, not animated. The only thing is they have to tailor to the likes of all sorts of gamers, who have their own views on each character. I think it'll end up being a split, with only some gamers really appreciating it, especially if they deviate from the story line much.
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    mjello , August 30, 2010 12:44 PM
    Now thats, how its done. Don't get some hairbrained hollywodd guy who've never played the game or loved it to make the movie. Make it yourselve valve. Whatever you come up with it will be miles better than what hollywood can dish up with. Lately they seem to make movies in a template... dished with slightly different colors.

    You've got the heart for it and thats what counts.
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    TunaSoda , August 30, 2010 12:47 PM
    A Half-Life movie is unnecessary
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    sacre , August 30, 2010 12:49 PM
    I'd enjoy that, the few videos they did make were entertaining and well done! Animated would be best though, You can add so much more in animations because you're not restricted when it comes to "Action" sequences by the inability of a real human. Mind you, they better start thinking of releasing "Meet the Medic" before releasing a movie.
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    7amood , August 30, 2010 12:49 PM
    how about something like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJPb1Xw0K_Q
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    dredg98 , August 30, 2010 12:50 PM
    i would love the Team fortress 2 movies especially exactly like these trailers i loved them Funny and the voices were on par so Valve make a Team Fortress 2 movie instead if they made it and it cost 10+ bucks to go see id pay in a heart beat for that kind of quality
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    ken062083 , August 30, 2010 12:52 PM
    An entire movie where the main character doesn't say a word?
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