Guillermo del Toro Would Be Great to Direct a Half-Life Movie, Valve Says

Peter Jackson and Paul Verhoeven are also among Valve's favorites

Valve writer Marc Laidlaw has shared his thoughts about a possible movie based on the studio's extremely popular Half-Life franchise and has revealed that some great directors might be able to do the series justice, including Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson or Paul Verhoeven.

Valve has worked on all sorts of games up until now, but it's still remembered as the studio behind Half-Life 1 and its stunning sequels.

Now, while it's still reluctant to confirm that it's working on Half-Life 3 or at least Half-Life 2: Episode 3, Valve has shared its thoughts about a possible Half-Life movie through the voice of its writer, Marc Laidlaw.

The developer talked with NRM and nominated some of the best directors that would do the Half-Life movie justice.

"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", he said. "Peter Jackson has proved himself an amazing purveyor of faithful adaptations."

Verhoeven worked on cult classic sci-fi films like Total Recall or RoboCop, while Jackson is famous for the Lord of the Rings movies and the upcoming Hobbit ones.

Besides these two great directors, Laidlaw also feels that Guillermo del Toro could really emphasize the horror aspect of the Half-Life games.

"Guillermo del Toro has the horror vibe that I think a lot of people miss out on when thinking about a Half-Life movie. 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."

Even if such directors could work on a Half-Life movie, Valve would need to give its go-ahead, seeing as how it completely owns the franchise.

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