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Hypothesizing about a Half-Life movie

08.28.2010

For years, fans of Valve's HALF-LIFE videogames have wanted to see scientist Gordon Freeman get the Hollywood treatment.

But getting it right is the exact reason we haven't seen it yet. As Valve honcho Gabe Newell tells PC Gamer, after the first acclaimed game was released, "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 goes on to imply that if a HALF-LIFE movie happens, they'll do it their own damn selves: "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."

You can check out the "Meet the Team" movies RIGHT HERE.

The first HALF-LIFE game finds theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman trying to escape the top secret Black Mesa facility after an experiment tears the fabric of reality and the denizens of an alien dimension begin visiting ours. HALF-LIFE 2 jumps ahead several years to a dystopian future where society has been overcome by the extradimensional empire called The Combine, and Freeman joins an underground resistance movement to fight them.

(via Corona Coming Attractions)

Extra Tidbit: Writing about this just reminds me I'm dying to play more HALF-LIFE. Or at least PORTAL 2.
Source: PC Gamer

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12:54PM on 08/30/2010

HALF LIFE 1 NOT 2

I see you posters below saying Half life 2... NEGATIVE. HL2 is an amazing game but the movie should be based off of Half Life 1. The story is simply incredible. That is what made the game. Isolation/Terror/edge of your seat. I think if they really backed this movie with the right talent/money/rated R, it could be wonderful.
I see you posters below saying Half life 2... NEGATIVE. HL2 is an amazing game but the movie should be based off of Half Life 1. The story is simply incredible. That is what made the game. Isolation/Terror/edge of your seat. I think if they really backed this movie with the right talent/money/rated R, it could be wonderful.
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8:51AM on 08/30/2010
Sharlto Copley for Gordon Freeman,
Paula Patton for Alyx Vance,
Neill Blomkamp to direct
... and you'll have an awesome movie.
Sharlto Copley for Gordon Freeman,
Paula Patton for Alyx Vance,
Neill Blomkamp to direct
... and you'll have an awesome movie.
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7:36AM on 08/30/2010

SARCASM MODE ACTIVATED

As long as they get Uwe Boll to direct, I don't see how this could POSSIBLY go badly.

*sigh*
As long as they get Uwe Boll to direct, I don't see how this could POSSIBLY go badly.

*sigh*
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1:21AM on 08/30/2010

*FWOOM*

TURKEY HEADED ZOMBIES ON THE LOOSE!!!
TURKEY HEADED ZOMBIES ON THE LOOSE!!!
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12:27AM on 08/30/2010

I am Heavy Weapons Guy....

The way HL2 played out has me thinking how difficult it would be to translate it to a movie. but if anyone can do it, Valve can.
The way HL2 played out has me thinking how difficult it would be to translate it to a movie. but if anyone can do it, Valve can.
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12:21AM on 08/30/2010

I am Heavy Weapons Guy....

The way HL2 played out has me thinking how difficult it would be to translate it to a movie. but if anyone can do it, Valve can.
The way HL2 played out has me thinking how difficult it would be to translate it to a movie. but if anyone can do it, Valve can.
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11:22PM on 08/29/2010
Meet the Spy is one of the funniest things ever.
Meet the Spy is one of the funniest things ever.
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2:40PM on 08/29/2010

Why not Portal instead?

Seriously I think that would be a better idea until either EP3 or Half-life 3. The story is an empty pallet more or less. You have the main character wake up in a stasis pod with no recollection of how she got there, just the strong desire to leave. Throw in some [link] flash-backs of her life and some humorous robots segments and top it off with the final battle and the main robots showing a tiny sign of life after the fight(suggesting a sequel.)
Seriously I think that would be a better idea until either EP3 or Half-life 3. The story is an empty pallet more or less. You have the main character wake up in a stasis pod with no recollection of how she got there, just the strong desire to leave. Throw in some [link] flash-backs of her life and some humorous robots segments and top it off with the final battle and the main robots showing a tiny sign of life after the fight(suggesting a sequel.)
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1:48PM on 08/29/2010
Half Life 2 could be a pretty good movie if they get the right talent behind it. They would need a writer and director who really understand the game, but it's plausible. I have a difficult time seeing the first game as a film though. I'm glad that Valve isn't giving in though, I agree that if it looks bad on paper, then they need to leave it alone.
Half Life 2 could be a pretty good movie if they get the right talent behind it. They would need a writer and director who really understand the game, but it's plausible. I have a difficult time seeing the first game as a film though. I'm glad that Valve isn't giving in though, I agree that if it looks bad on paper, then they need to leave it alone.
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10:19AM on 08/29/2010
The Mist 2? but no it was a really good game. Sequel was also amazing
The Mist 2? but no it was a really good game. Sequel was also amazing
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7:19AM on 08/29/2010
If done right and with a high budget; HL has potential.
If done right and with a high budget; HL has potential.
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5:53AM on 08/29/2010

Neill Blomkamp

If anyone has the potential to do it justice, it's him.
If anyone has the potential to do it justice, it's him.
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12:29AM on 08/29/2010

half life is too awesome

to be screwed so hollywood leave it alone....half life 2 game of the decade.
to be screwed so hollywood leave it alone....half life 2 game of the decade.
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7:52PM on 08/29/2010
I wouldn't go so far as to say game of the decade. That's more of a genre opinion I would think.
I wouldn't go so far as to say game of the decade. That's more of a genre opinion I would think.
7:46PM on 08/28/2010

How about Half-Life 3 first?

Waiting three years for the third "episode" of Half-Life 2 has been painful. Now I heard they're scrapping it and just making it Half-Life 3 and not another episode. Ugh!

Anyway, Johnny Depp or Gary Oldman for Gordon. (Though Oldman might be too old - no pun intended.)
Waiting three years for the third "episode" of Half-Life 2 has been painful. Now I heard they're scrapping it and just making it Half-Life 3 and not another episode. Ugh!

Anyway, Johnny Depp or Gary Oldman for Gordon. (Though Oldman might be too old - no pun intended.)
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7:42PM on 08/28/2010

Valve rocks

It's nice to see a company that has PRIDE in their stories/characters and won't sell them off for cash to see them raped on the big screen with some bull shit story that has nothing to do with the source material. BRAVO VALVE!
It's nice to see a company that has PRIDE in their stories/characters and won't sell them off for cash to see them raped on the big screen with some bull shit story that has nothing to do with the source material. BRAVO VALVE!
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7:53PM on 08/29/2010
I agree with you on Valve protecting it's product. If only other media markets did the same with their material.
I agree with you on Valve protecting it's product. If only other media markets did the same with their material.
7:24PM on 08/28/2010

Half Life

was ok. I found it to be a pretty good game (story wise), but wasn't overall convinced it was spectacular. I still enjoyed playing it though......

was ok. I found it to be a pretty good game (story wise), but wasn't overall convinced it was spectacular. I still enjoyed playing it though......

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7:41PM on 08/28/2010
Wow....your probably a Halo fan or something.
Wow....your probably a Halo fan or something.
1:23PM on 08/29/2010
So what if he is? Are people not allowed to have different tastes in video games? I have the Orange Box and I while I think Half Life 2 is a good game I agree that i wasn't blown away by it. I haven't even bothered to finish it. And yes I do like Halo and yes I would rather play Halo or Call of Duty than Half life. Different Strokes for different folks.
So what if he is? Are people not allowed to have different tastes in video games? I have the Orange Box and I while I think Half Life 2 is a good game I agree that i wasn't blown away by it. I haven't even bothered to finish it. And yes I do like Halo and yes I would rather play Halo or Call of Duty than Half life. Different Strokes for different folks.
7:50PM on 08/29/2010
Yeah I like Halo. But I don't really play video games all that much anymore. Too busy with a career and raising a family. As far as FPS games go, I enjoyed Wolfenstein and Doom when they came out, so yeah, I guess I'm a little old school. As far as modern FPS's go, I was into Star Wars Battlefront for a while (even though I played in the 3rd person perspective).
Yeah I like Halo. But I don't really play video games all that much anymore. Too busy with a career and raising a family. As far as FPS games go, I enjoyed Wolfenstein and Doom when they came out, so yeah, I guess I'm a little old school. As far as modern FPS's go, I was into Star Wars Battlefront for a while (even though I played in the 3rd person perspective).
7:55PM on 08/29/2010
And actually, I find the story in Halo to be much more interesting than Half Life. It was a hell of a lot more memorable, that's for sure.
And actually, I find the story in Halo to be much more interesting than Half Life. It was a hell of a lot more memorable, that's for sure.
1:20PM on 08/30/2010
...and the award for the least essential "wow" of the day goes to halflife.

Half-Life's gameplay mechanics leave a little to be desired. I'm also not a fan of their spatial rendering - there's a fishbowl quality that make some objects seem somewhat flat. Solid series, and I'm glad they are sticking to their guns. I enjoy the series because they are good games - not because they could become a movie.
...and the award for the least essential "wow" of the day goes to halflife.

Half-Life's gameplay mechanics leave a little to be desired. I'm also not a fan of their spatial rendering - there's a fishbowl quality that make some objects seem somewhat flat. Solid series, and I'm glad they are sticking to their guns. I enjoy the series because they are good games - not because they could become a movie.
6:44PM on 08/28/2010
HL 2 is quite possibly the best game ever, so if they do a movie they better do it right... at least they don't rush things.
HL 2 is quite possibly the best game ever, so if they do a movie they better do it right... at least they don't rush things.
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4:36PM on 08/28/2010
No more video game based movies!
No more video game based movies!
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4:05PM on 08/28/2010
That would be a difficult movie to make, if for no other reason the fact that the main character never speaks. Also a legion of fanboys who would decry anything that deviated even slightly from the events of the game.
That would be a difficult movie to make, if for no other reason the fact that the main character never speaks. Also a legion of fanboys who would decry anything that deviated even slightly from the events of the game.
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3:06PM on 08/28/2010

Thata boy!

I applaud Valve for not allowing the brilliance of Half-Life to be dumb-down in some hack attempt at a feature film. Just give me Half Life 2: Episode 3 and I'll be happy!
I applaud Valve for not allowing the brilliance of Half-Life to be dumb-down in some hack attempt at a feature film. Just give me Half Life 2: Episode 3 and I'll be happy!
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1:57PM on 08/28/2010
If not done right don't do it at all. I am proud of Valve for not selling out. Please come out with Episode 3 though.
If not done right don't do it at all. I am proud of Valve for not selling out. Please come out with Episode 3 though.
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9:12PM on 08/28/2010
Not selling out?! Valve jumped right on the horrifying episodic gaming bandwagon as fast as they could then f**ked us all over by not even committing to it. F**k Valve.
Not selling out?! Valve jumped right on the horrifying episodic gaming bandwagon as fast as they could then f**ked us all over by not even committing to it. F**k Valve.
1:39PM on 08/28/2010
What version of counter-strike do you play? 1.6? Source?
What version of counter-strike do you play? 1.6? Source?
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1:58PM on 08/28/2010
source
source
3:52AM on 08/29/2010
started playing cs in the 1.3 days, now I play source and have since it came out. You guys can find me on steam as "ratatat" if you want to add me.
started playing cs in the 1.3 days, now I play source and have since it came out. You guys can find me on steam as "ratatat" if you want to add me.
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1:02PM on 08/28/2010

Wait for Episode 3

I think that any movie made for the Half-Life franchise should be put on hold until the release of Half Life 2: Episode three or have the writers for the game (who know how the story for the Episode 3 is going to end) write the initial script and have whoever rewrites it hold to it. This is an incredible story to adapt to the big screen with so many complexities it needs to be done just right or it won't work at all. I have hope for this being done mind you and I am going to be optimistic about
I think that any movie made for the Half-Life franchise should be put on hold until the release of Half Life 2: Episode three or have the writers for the game (who know how the story for the Episode 3 is going to end) write the initial script and have whoever rewrites it hold to it. This is an incredible story to adapt to the big screen with so many complexities it needs to be done just right or it won't work at all. I have hope for this being done mind you and I am going to be optimistic about it, for a change.
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12:42PM on 08/28/2010
It's absolutely the right move. We get too many shitty game adaptations these days. Half-Life deserves something well done.

Not if only Universal can step up and find a way to get Bioshock up and running.
It's absolutely the right move. We get too many shitty game adaptations these days. Half-Life deserves something well done.

Not if only Universal can step up and find a way to get Bioshock up and running.
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11:50AM on 08/28/2010
Finally, a gaming group not willing to sell out and actually gets how Hollywierd screws up what they touch.
Finally, a gaming group not willing to sell out and actually gets how Hollywierd screws up what they touch.
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9:18PM on 08/28/2010
Can an incredibly financially stable gaming company actually sell out with a movie, anyway?

Since when were businesses considered starving artists with integrity to lose? Once you chop up a game and force your customers to pay in installments to get the complete story - without ever actually finishing it - I'm pretty sure your artistic integrity is gone.
Can an incredibly financially stable gaming company actually sell out with a movie, anyway?

Since when were businesses considered starving artists with integrity to lose? Once you chop up a game and force your customers to pay in installments to get the complete story - without ever actually finishing it - I'm pretty sure your artistic integrity is gone.
11:49AM on 08/28/2010

i like

but all i really want is episode 3
but all i really want is episode 3
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