Half-Life’s Writer Wants Guillmero Del Toro to Direct the Movie

Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw told New Rising Media that he would like Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillmero Del Toro to helm any movie adaptation of the game.

Laidlaw commented that he believes Del Toro’s flair for the paranormal would be perfect for designing Half Life’s headcrabs.

“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,” Laidlaw noted.

“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,” he concluded.

As far back as 2004 there has been talk of a film version of Valve’s series with the company’s marketing manager, Doug Lambardi, telling Eurogamer that:

“We’ve been approached by just about every major studio there is. Every treatment that I’ve seen for a Half-Life movie has stunk so badly I didn’t even want to be in the room with the script! I mean, it was just awful.

“[The] people say ‘here’s what it looks like, here’s the treatment’ the whole thing. Y’know, fly you down to LA, put you in a limo, introduce you to movie stars that want to star in the movie, the whole thing. It’s like; we’re not going to do that. We’re not going to make another bad movie.”