Back in 2013 gamers got all excited with the news that director/producer J.J. Abrams and Valve were teaming up to make a Portal movie and a Half-Life adaptation in the coming years, but given all the recent flops of the genre and the poor critical reception of movies like Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed, not to mention Abrams’ busy schedule, it started to sound like there was a chance that these project would be at risk of being shelved. Or at least this was the case until recently.
Yesterday, during a Reddit AMA where he was asked about everything Valve, up to and including the Portal and Half-Life films, the company’s co-founder, Gabe Newell, confirmed that both projects are still on their way.
Q – Wasn’t there a movie (or a set of 2 movies) coming in that universe by Valve and JJ Abrams?
[Gabe Newel] – Yep. They’re coming.
This certainly gives us a glimmer of hope of the movies being made, but probably the question in everyone’s minds, especially fans of the games, is if the films will live up the incredible potential of their source material. And while it’s true that a great video game based movie still hasn’t been made, Abrams gave IGN some very positive comments about the writing process of both films last September during the world premiere of Westworld.
We are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom…once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things. As someone who loves playing Half Life and Portal, what’s the movie of this, it’s incredible when you talk to someone who just ‘gets’ it, it’s like, oh my god, it’s really the seed for this incredible tree you’re growing.
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Source: Screen Rant