Newell: No dice on Half-Life film unless made by Valve

Saturday, 28th August 2010 18:44 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Gabe Newell has said if a movie is ever made based on Half-Life, Valve will be the ones to do it.

Otherwise, it’ll never happen.

Speaking with PC Gamer, Newell said Valve has been approached in the past by folks wanting to creat a movie of the series, but the developer turned all offers down, as it feels it is the only entity which can do the series justice.

“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,” said Newell.

“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.”

Thank you, Gabe. That’s great news indeed. Leave Alyx and Gordon alone, Hollywood. The man has spoken.

You can read the full interview with Newell in the latest issue of PC Gamer, set to hit stands September 1.



  1. LePlatypus


    #1 4 years ago
  2. Michael O’Connor

    Thank you Gabe. You’re a living genius. <3

    #2 4 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    Well, i can understand how a script to Half-Life is a hard thing to do. It’s about a guy who doesn’t speak once, who managed to be a symbol or leader for a resistance after killing some aliens. Great story material. Really.

    Seriously, did anybody play Half-Life for the story?

    Didn’t think so.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Moonwalker1982

    All good and dandy but when/if ever is Episode 3 or simply HL3 coming? Jesus Christ.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Yoshi

    @4 lol I laugh, but i agree :(

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Freek

    I’d have to disargee. I’d want somebody who was an excelent film maker and had a passion for the franchise. You only have to look at Squar Enix and Capcom to notice that game makers shoulden’t be too involved in the proces of making movies. It’s an entirely different art form.

    Did Peter Jackson write Lord of the Rings? Did Christopher Nolan come up with Batman?
    No, but they understood how to adapt something to film.

    That’s what games need, but haven’t had yet. A director who gets the subject matter and knows how to translate that into a movie.
    The developers themselfs are not those people either.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. LOLshock94

    the incredibles? out of all the filims why say that?

    #7 4 years ago

    that pic fucking creeps me out…..

    #8 4 years ago
  9. revolting

    @7 I kind of wondered about that, too, given that the movie of The Incredibles was the original IP, and everything else is a spinoff.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. osric90


    #10 4 years ago
  11. Anaron

    A Half-Life movie would be awesome, no doubt – but would it be awesome if Valve made it? I don’t know. The story, for one thing, would be good; however, the production quality may not be as good as an actual movie (be it animated or live-action). I’d much rather see a Half-Life movie with a story written by the talented folks at Valve and directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men [2006]).

    #11 4 years ago
  12. onlineatron

    I’m not sure whether a Half Life film would work.

    First you have the story which, despite being original and inventive in a game space, is played out in film. Desolate city, corrupt government, alien race in cahoots with government, rebel uprising etc.

    Then you have the way the Half Life story is told. It’s told in a way which is very exclusive to it’s medium (game) in that Gordan Freeman doesn’t speak and is never seen. The player is allowed to project his or hers personality onto the character, and decide how they feel about events and characters around them.

    But perhaps i’m thinking of the adaptation far too literately. If a Half Life film were to work it would have to be a story in the universe rather than the story of Gordan retold.

    Alfonso Cuaron would be a great pick, him and Emmanuel Lubezki for cinematography.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. ybfelix

    First person movie?

    #13 4 years ago

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