Newell: Let Developers Make Movies
Gamers and movie makers are frequently at odds. A lot of the blame often falls to filmmakers who know little or nothing about the gaming industry.
Apparently, Valve boss Gabe Newell agrees. In speaking to PC Gamer, Newell responded to the rumors about a movie based on the developer's Half-Life series. As it turns out, some filmmakers have indeed approached Valve with the possibility, but Newell says the team decided that only one particular group could do it: Valve themselves.
"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."
Yeah, well, we've been saying for a while now that movies are suffering from a significant lack of artistic talent. For the record, Valve has produced some CG video shorts for Team Fortress 2, just as a test of their own movie-making abilities. Prior to those projects, Newell and Co. thought making a "Half-Life" movie on their own would be impossible, but now...they might just be able to pull it off. The question is whether or not fans of the series would want Valve to do it; might those followers be more interested in another game?
8/31/2010 8:48:31 PM Ben Dutka