Valve CEO Gabe Newell revealed today that the only way we would ever see a Half-Life video game adapted film is if the game studio ended up doing it themselves. As of right now, this is something they are looking into and experimenting with.
Apparently they've been approached by several movie studios with ridiculous proposals, but they all felt that the only way a Half-Life feature film could be done justice, is if the Valve creative team developed it themselves. Here is what Newell had to say about the project,
As a WoW player, I would much rather that the WoW team made the movie, right? Than anybody else. I like Sam Raimi, I’ve been a fan ever since Evil Dead came out, but I would rather see Blizzard making the movie. We think that customers are like, ‘OK, we’re kind of sick and tired of the way you guys are slicing and dicing the experience of being a fan of Harry Potter, or Half-Life, or The Incredibles, and you need to fix it.’ And the people that fix it will be rewarded, and the people that don’t will be on the rubbish heap of history, or whatever the phrase is.
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.
And that my friends is the truth about Hollywood, bad ideas and bad stories. This is why we still have yet to se an incredible video game adapted film, because there are too many people working in Hollywood that don't have a lot of talent or imagination.
I guess we can all take comfort in the fact that if a Half-Life movie ever gets made, it will be from the people that know what they're doing.