Can you do any better?
By Jess Colwill on November 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm
If you’ve ever thought about a Half-Life film-adaptation, well, join the club really. I think everybody’s thought about it at some point or another. But Valve and Gabe Newell have pretty steadfastly said that it’s not going to happen. And if it is, they’re going to make it themselves. As a thought-exercise though, Marc Laidlaw, the writer for the Half-Life games, was asked who he would pick to direct if a film was being made.
“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,” said Laidlaw. “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. 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.”
What do you think of these directors? Could they make a film you’d enjoy? Personally, I think they’re all good choices. Though I’m not sure I’d called Jackson a “purveyor of faithful adaptations” exactly. The Hobbit is now three movies like the entirety of The Lord of the Rings. Amazing films, but still. And I’m not sure del Toro’s style would suit Half-Life, though Valve obviously feel otherwise. Who else would you pick? Let us know in the comments.
Source: New Rising Media