According to reports hitting the Internet over the weekend, Quentin Tarantino was lined up to take directorial lead in a movie incarnation of Valve's Half-Life FPS. The rumour began life on GameSpot, where the site reported, “GameSpot editors spoke with a person who has many contacts within the Los Angeles film industry. The person in question said that the hot game-movie crossover project du jour was Half-Life, Valve Software's groundbreaking shooter.”
The site continued, “While news of a Half-Life film would be hot by itself, what the film insider said next was more scorching than a habanero enema. He/she said that Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino had been hounding Valve executives to bring the game to the big screen, and that he was currently in negotiations with the developer.”
As it turns out, the insider GameSpot was in talks with was actually a big fat liar, which is a shame really. As Valve chief Doug Lombardi explained, “As much as we'd love to meet with him, we've never been contacted by Mr. Tarantino nor his people. We've had many conversations with folks in Hollywood, but have no commitments for an HL movie at this time.”
Now, we see this comment as somewhat of a red herring. There must be plans for a Half-Life movie and Valve must have been speaking to Hollywood types. The fact that Lombardi refers to Tarantino's 'people' is all the proof we need.
In all seriousness, there has been buzz from the land of cocaine and plastic breasts that puts a Half-Life movie in theatres at some point in 2007. Though given everyone in the Land of Broken Dreams lies most of the time, we really don't know what to think.