TF2 Videos Are Valve "Trying To Explore" Making Half-Life Film

The hilarious, universally acclaimed "Meet the Team" shorts for Team Fortress 2 are more than fan service or game promotion. Valve founder Gabe Newell says they're experiments in movie-making, because the studio would prefer to do a Half-Life movie itself.

Speaking to PC Gamer, Newell says Hollywood bombarded Valve with story pitches for a Half-Life movie, not long after the first game shipped in 1998. "Their stories were just so bad. I mean, brutally, the worst," Newell said. "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 said the team reached a consensus to not sign a movie deal, because the only way it would be done right was if it made the film itself. "And I was like, ‘Make it ourselves? Well that's impossible,'" Newell said. "But the Team Fortress 2 thing, the Meet The Team shorts, is us trying to explore that."

It's a leap from animated, comedic shorts to a feature-length science-fiction drama, so at this rate, it's more likely that Half-Life: The Movie doesn't getsmade. But good on Newell and company for staying committed to seeing something done right, if it's done at all.

"As a [World of Warcraft]player, I would much rather that the WoW team made the movie, right?" Newell said. "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."

Valve Want To Make The Half-Life Movie Themselves [PC Gamer]


    Nice to see Gabe recognise Blizzard's insane ability to make movies.

    I think Blizzard needs to make a movie, full stop. Their CG trailers are just awesome, one of the starcraft ii trailers seemed to be for a movie anyway.

      Do you mean in terms of story or visuals? If it's visuals, shouldn't Blur get the credit?

      Nice job giving Blizzard a chance to create more Mary-Sues and turning symphatetic characters into shallow evil overlords.

    well, at least they'll save money on the lead voice actor...

    I think more big game companies should explore this. Imagine a Hideo Kojima produced, full CGI movie of Metal Gear Solid. Apart from the fact it would be seventeen hours long with another twenty hours of deleted scenes and bloopers, there would be no better way to make a movie that keeps true to the franchise.
    I think the same holds true for a lot of games that people want movies of.

    man screw a halflife 2 movie, give me a regular weekly 10 minute team fortress show done like the meet the videos.

      That would be worth it, do them in the style of mock news broadcasts saying how the Red v Blu war is shaping up with ad breaks for Mann Co and we'd be laughing till we ruptured a kidney.

    I remember Tarantino saying that he would like to make a film adaption of half life.

      Tarantino should make an adaptation of No More Heroes.

      I'd love to see what Valve could come up with, it looks like Ninty's done a similar thing with Metroid: Other M.

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