Long-standing Valve writer Marc Laidlaw has shared a few thoughts on the prospect of a Half-Life movie with New Rising Media.
"If Paul Verhoeven returned to science fiction films, he would do something insane with Half-Life...maybe something objectionably insane, but at least not boring," Laidlaw mused. "Peter Jackson has proved himself an amazing purveyor of faithful adaptations.
"Guillermo del Toro has the horror vibe that I think a lot of people miss out on when thinking about a Half-Life movie," he went on. "Half-Life is essentially horror after all. The science in it barely passes as hand-waving, but when a headcrab jumps at your head, it's a precisely engineered jolt.
"There are probably a lot of good potential directors, but I think most of them are busy pursuing their own visions."
Laidlaw's comments somewhat contradict those of studio head Gabe Newell, who in 2010 told PC Gamer that the only way you'll ever see a Half-Life movie is if Valve produces one itself. "Where we got into this direction was after Half-Life 1 had shipped," he recalled. "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."
Various small-scale Half-Life flicks have been created by fans, some live-action. In terms of Hollywood talent, who do you reckon could make a decent fist of Half-Life? And who could play the part of Gordon Freeman? And where oh where is Half-Life 3?