J.J. Abrams Wants To Make Half-Life And Portal Movies7.02.13 # News # 2 Comments
Valve’s popular game franchises may be heading to the big screen, following talks between Abrams and Valve Software’s CEO, Gabe Newell.
J.J. Abrams may have accidentally ripped a portal in the time-space continuum by becoming the only man to direct movies in both the Star Trek and Star Wars universes, but he’s about to do it with intention.
Speaking at a keynote event at the DICE conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Abrams and Newell teased that the two will collaborate on a game produced by Abrams’s production studio Bad Robot, which is great news in itself. But the big drop came from Newell just moments later.
“We’re super excited about that”, said Gabe, “and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie.”
He went on: “What we are actually doing here, we are recapitulating a series of conversations going on. We reached the point that we decided to do more than talk.”
That’s as far as the discussion went, so we’ll have to sit tight for now. It could certainly be some time before we hear anything firm. After all, with his Star Wars duties to fulfil, Abrams has got his work cut out for the time being. And let’s not forget Valve’s reputation for taking its time with projects (never ask a Valve fan when Half-Life 3 is coming out. Seriously, don’t do it.)
The Half-Life series follows physicist Gordon Freeman, who opens a dimensional window between our world and a monster world called Xen. The first game was released in 1998.
Portal, on the other hand, is a puzzle-based game that requires the player to solve obstacles by teleporting objects between two portal holes. The narrative is rather loose, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what a movie might look like. But as long as GLaDOS gets a look in, we’ll be happy. You monster.