J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Eyes Adaptations of ‘Portal’ and ‘Half-Life’ Video Games

The ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ director revealed at the 2013 DICE Summit that he wants to work with the video game company Valve.
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J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Eyes Adaptations of ‘Portal’ and ‘Half-Life’ Video Games

J.J. Abrams wants to make Half-Life and Portal movies As if J.J. Abrams wasn't busy enough already, preparing to shoot Star Wars: Episode VII in the near future while finishing Star Trek Into Darkness for its upcoming summer release, the filmmaker revealed that he wants to make movies based on the Valve video games Portal and Half-Life.

The director appeared at the 2013 DICE convention with Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, where he spoke about the video game adaptations and a video game idea that he wants Valve to work on. Here's what Gabe Newell had to say at the convention.

"We're super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie."

The Half-Life game was first released in 1998, which follows theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman, who opens a gateway between his New Mexico laboratory and another world known as Xen, which is inhabited by terrifying monsters. Portal, which debuted in 2007, is a spin-off of Half-Life, that follows a test subject tasked with finding a rival company's device that can open portals into space.

When asked to clarify Gabe Newell's comments, J.J. Abrams revealed that the projects are still in the very early stages.

"It's as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets. 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. We're also aware of the cautionary tales of movies that became games and vice versa. Our goal here 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."

With no screenwriter on board yet, it could be several years before either of these movies come to fruition.


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  • diaigma • 3 years ago



    • moviefreak97 • 3 years ago

      As cool as this sounds, I kind of hope it doesn't happen because I'm writing an adaptation of Portal as we speak :)


      • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 3 years ago

        Not played, no video game adapts please...just something else for Sh*tner to moan about :L


        • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

          Never played any, yet I'm certain the video game cycle shall be broken


          • narrator • 3 years ago

            Now THIS is a game adaption that could work. Linear story telling, engaging plot, and suitably creepy setting and character. Make htis happen J.J!


            • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

              @skywise He wants his own Hal villain


              • skywise • 3 years ago

                The half life story has been told so well in the games and I cant imagine a Portal movie actually working.


                • QuintsSharkShop • 3 years ago

                  Please please please let Abrams do Half Life.


                  • Fry-3000 • 3 years ago

                    If anyone can do a video to film, I think J J is a great relief to hear. Don't want another street fighter or Mario bros attempt do we? :)


                    • mr-k • 3 years ago

                      J.J. Abrams making a Half-Life movie? Sounds damn good.


                      • justice-kowaleski • 3 years ago

                        Give JJ Voltron lol gve him what ever he wants Hell give him the presidency he has an army of nerds at his disposal now.


                        • instead8909 • 3 years ago

                          it's good to know that he wants to get it right.


                          • felipe-11 • 3 years ago

                            OH YES YES YES! Please make this happen J.J.!

                            A well produced video game adaptation by J.J.'s people is what this genre needs to take off properly!


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