Sony, Dreamworks Wanted To Make A Half-Life Movie

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I've never read the book Generation Xbox, about video games invading Hollywood. Our columnist Superannuation (who's on a bit of a video game vs Hollywood run at the moment) has, though, and has found something interesting tucked away inside.

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Seems that at one point, years ago, Valve (and its agents) met with both Sony Pictures and Dreamworks over the possibility of making a Half-Life movie.

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According to Valve's agent at the time, Larry Shapiro, "the Valve kids' jaws [dropped]" when Steven Spielberg was present at the meeting with Dreamworks.

So where'd it all go wrong? Seems a few things, mostly that Valve didn't like what its share of the profits would be, and there were also disagreements over sequels and problems getting a production timetable together. You know, the usual stuff that kills video game movies.

Generation Xbox was published last year, and was written by Jamie Russell. You can grab a copy here (which I probably should, if it's got fascinating stuff like this, and this, in it).

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krwlingkaos
krwlingkaos

Once again, a Half Life movie would be bad because A) the story is boring and B) the main character is such a boring non-entity as to make a two-by-four look like Hamlet.