Half-Life/Portal Movies Are In Early Planning Stages
Gabe Newell and JJ Abrams, the director of new Star Trek movie, and TV series Lost have taken first steps to produce Portal and Half-life films.
During the DICE summit in Las Vegas Valve's Gabe Newell has revealed that he and J.J. Abrams, the director of new Star Trek movie and TV series Lost have "reached the point where we decided to do more than talk."
Meaning they plan to produce motion pictures based on Half Life/Portal games.
“What we’re actually doing here,” Newell said, “is recapitulating a series of conversations that have been going on [between Abrams and I]. This is what happens when game and movie people get together. And we sort of reached the point where we decided that we needed to do more than talk. So we’re gonna try and figure out if we can make a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie together.” Meanwhile, Abrams added: “And we have a game idea we’d like to work with Valve on.”
“It’s time for our industries to stop talking about potential and really execute on it,” Newell concluded.
Abrams said: "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."
"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."