Known for their inventive videogame series, stemming off Half-Life and resulting in such creations as Portal, Team Fortress, Counter-Strike and Left 4 Dead, Valve is beginning to step into the feature film business. Their Steam distribution service is currently making available their first feature-length film with the fitting Indie Game: The Movie. Now, Variety reports that the company is stepping into the production side.
They’ve teamed with Shane Acker, coming off his Tim Burton-produced animation 9, as well as the Irish outfit Brown Bag Films to develop a new feature titled Deep. In the action adventure, Acker continues in a post-apocalyptic landscape, this time following WWIII with a setting underwater in fallen ships. The film will follow “Sullivan, a captain of a nuclear sub. He makes contact with a splinter group of superior scientific intelligence, the Wayfarers, which has the power to save the earth. But that could come at a terrible cost.”
I’ve always been curious at videogame companies stepping into the feature film world, but aside from a few great cutscenes, the animations aren’t usually as detailed as those coming from the big houses like Pixar and even DreamWorks. Since Valve aren’t developing an actual Half-Life film, I’d be interested to see what the come up with here, with their Source game engine being used to do “real-time rendering, and editing, simplified character animation and economical lighting.”
Currently being written by Jack Barton Mitchell, Deep is aiming for a $18.7 million production with distribution talk happening.
What do you think about videogame companies mixing with Hollywood?
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we believe it’s our duty to highlight the recent, recommended titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of [...]
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, TFS’ Dan Mecca, writer Danny King and I briefly discuss Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner, before diving into a feature review of Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi drama Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson. Following that, we take a look at the films coming to [...]
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out [...]