News

Could J.J. Abrams Bring Half-Life and Portal to the Screen?

Source:   Polygon
February 6, 2013


Feature film versions of Valve's Half-Life and Portal video games may be on the way in the not-too-distant future. Polygon reports that Valve's managing director Gabe Newell joined filmmaker J.J. Abrams on stage at today's DICE Summit and the pair hinted that a creative team-up is underway.

"There's an idea we have for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on," said Abrams.

"We're super excited about that," Newell responded, "and we also want to talk about making movies, either a 'Portal' movie or a 'Half-Life' movie... What we are actually doing here, we are recapitulating a series of conversations going on. We reached the point that we decided to do more than talk."

The first Half-Life game was released in 1998 and follows a theoretical physicist, Gordon Freeman, who opens a dimensional rift between a New Mexico research facility and a world of monsters called Xen.

Portal, meanwhile, is a spinoff of Half-Life released in 2007. In it, a test subject named Chell is forced to navigate a rival research company's laboratories armed with a device that can open portals through space. The game was the subject of a 2011 short fan film by Dan Trachtenberg (now set to direct New Line Cinema's Y: The Last Man) that you watch by clicking here.

Although plans for big screen versions of either game are still nascent, check back for details as soon as they become available.


| 13 comments | Add a comment

From Around the Web

comments powered by Disqus
Latest Headlines:

Selina Kyle is a Troublemaker in a New Clip from Gotham's Next Episode
Charles Dance and Lena Headey Board Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Jeremy Renner Teases Possible Captain America 3 Role
Ouija Summons an International Trailer
Walt Disney Pictures Takes Floors
Shrek Helmer Targets Dark Horse Comics' Breath of Bones
This Week on Blu-ray and DVD: September 23, 2014
CS Video: Antoine Fuqua on Directing Denzel Washington as The Equalizer
The Green Band Trailer for The Interview
It's Official! Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn to Star in True Detective Season 2
Vin Diesel Shares New Fast & Furious 7 Images
A New Clip Shows Off the Stylish Concept Behind Open Windows
The Conjuring Spinoff Annabelle Reveals Two Dozen New Stills
Neil Burger Takes All the Old Knives
Aaron Paul Boards The 9th Life of Louis Drax
FOX's Gotham Debuts to Nearly 8 Million Viewers
Jeremy Renner Responds to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 News
Netflix Releases the Poster for Chelsea Handler's Uganda Be Kidding Me Live

Follow ComingSoon.net on Twitter
MOST ACTIVE
From our partners