Could Half-Life and Portal make an appearance on the big screen?

Posted on February 8, 2013 - 8:00pm by ThatPunkAdam

According to a recent discussion at this year's Dice Summit in Las Vegas, between current Star Wars director J.J. Abrams and Valve’s Gabe Newell, who have been talking about making either a Portal or Half-Life movie. Before you get excited though, fans should note that the developments for both potential movies are in the early stages.

At the Summit, the director and Newell also spoke about coming together to create a game, in which Valve's co-founder and president expressed his excitement for bringing the Half-Life and Portal franchises to the big screen.

Abrams said:

"There’s an idea we have for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on,” 
Then Newell pitched in saying…
“We’re super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie.”

Sticking with the movie side of things, after the 25-minute talk, Abrams spoke to Polygon saying that the project is “as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets.” And that while they have a bunch of ideas, a writer is currently planned to be brought in…

"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.”
However, both Newell and Abrams assured the fans of the series that they are aware of the long history of poor movies based on games and bad games being based on movies. Abrams explained…
"We’re also aware of the cautionary tales of movies that became games and vice versa. Our goal here to is 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 respect they treat their games and their players with.”
Going to the game front  when speaking to Polygon, Abrams wouldn't release any details, saying that the game is still early in development, but the Star Trek director was quick to express his excitement for the project and getting the opportunity to work alongside Valve…
“We are at early enough stages that I can’t talk about it now, but I can’t wait to talk about it... The opportunity to work with Valve is something I couldn't be more excited about.”
Hopefully if a Portal movie ever does see the light of day, It'll be along the lines of last year's excellent fan film titled "No Escape" But what do you think g1s? Are you excited to see Newell and Abrams coming together? Or should videogames remain videogames and directors stay to directing movies? Let me know in the comments down below!

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