Abrams: Half-Life or Portal movie in early planning


J.J. Abrams is now easily the most powerful person in all of nerdom. As if conquering science fiction isn’t enough he took to the stage at DICE today with Gabe Newell and informed everyone that they’re working on a game and movies. After this talk, when prompted by Polygon, he said that beloved gaming franchises Half-Life and Portal have movies in the very early stages and that he wants to be a part of making them.

What are you doing to me J.J. Abrams? One man can’t control this much awesome content! Abram’s explained that the movies are in super early development, but that the two studios are taking this sh*t seriously. Read on for his full quote.

[via Polygon]

“It’s as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets,” Abrams said of the two films. “Which is that we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very interesting ideas.”

“And both a Portal and Half-Life movie are things I want to see,” Abrams said. “We’re also aware of the cautionary tales of movies that became games and vice versa. Our goal here to is to treat the world Valve has created in both these properties like anyone would a book or some great story that comes from a pitch or original script — just to treat it with the respect they treat their games and their players with.”

Matthew Razak
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