J.J. Abrams says Half-Life and Portal movie idea is 'real,' promises collaboration

"We're super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie," Gabe Newell said at DICE today. But how far has he gotten in making this idea a reality?

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Kicking off the DICE summit in Las Vegas today was a keynote presentation by Valve head Gabe Newell and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams. At the talk, the two teased that they were interested in working together on future collaborations. "There's an idea we have for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on," Abrams said, while Newell said: "We're super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie."

But how serious are the pair in making their wants a reality? Apparently, pretty serious. "It's as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets," Abrams said. "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."

"Both a Portal and Half-Life movie are things I want to see," Abrams told Polygon, noting that he's well aware of the pitfalls other game-to-movie adaptations have faced. "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."

Of course, Abrams has his hands tied for quite some time, having already signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, which is aiming for a 2015 release. Valve fans, however, are known for being a patient bunch, so the years-long process to make a movie a reality shouldn't faze them too much.

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    February 6, 2013 1:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, J.J. Abrams says Half-Life and Portal movie idea is 'real,' promises collaboration.

    "We're super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie," Gabe Newell said at DICE today. But how far has he gotten in making this idea a reality?

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      February 6, 2013 1:04 PM

      Just.... Don't. Video game movies have never ever been decent, and the half life series is too good to diminish its good name by a bad movie.

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      February 6, 2013 1:11 PM

      DO NOT WANT i hope valve never allow it as odds are it would be utter shit like most of what comes out of Hollywood nowdays.

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        February 6, 2013 1:59 PM

        But it'll be in 3D! At 48 fps!

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          February 6, 2013 2:36 PM

          Sadly, that's faster then my PC could run HL2 when that came out.... =(

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      February 6, 2013 2:06 PM

      So yeah.

      Hugh Laurie = Gordon Freeman right?

      Ok I like that idea but hear me out.

      ROBERT DOWNY JUNIOR = GORDON FREEMAN + GMAN

      At first I was all, wait wait wait, you can't give RDJ a role like that, it's too soft spoken. Too intense. I mean Freeman already has a suit so it's really just an Iron Man that shuts the fuck up right?

      But then I remembered that RDJ played Charlie Chaplin, and now I can't see anyone else in the role.

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      February 6, 2013 2:49 PM

      I am waiting for someone to make Crossword Puzzle : The Movie. In the meantime Portal will do.

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      February 6, 2013 4:17 PM

      Silent protagonists make for the best movies

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        February 6, 2013 4:54 PM

        Aside from Drive, what other movie has a silent protagonist?

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      February 6, 2013 5:19 PM

      christ does that dude have a monopoly on hot nerd properties

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      February 6, 2013 5:21 PM

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        February 6, 2013 8:17 PM

        Exactly, the fan ones were awesome

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      February 6, 2013 8:14 PM

      Portal...movie...

      god no...

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      February 6, 2013 8:36 PM

      So, that's the direction they're taking with Half-Life 3. Interesting.

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        February 6, 2013 8:37 PM

        Every ticket sold in advance comes with Steam keys for HL 1 and 2, and the episodes, so you can be ready to watch the conclusion on the big screen. Perfect.

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      February 6, 2013 8:58 PM

      No one wants a movie you bastard. You know what we want. Gabe is just trolling us at this point.

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      February 6, 2013 10:00 PM

      Who could play the gman?

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      February 6, 2013 10:11 PM

      I just want JJ Abrams to die already.

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      February 6, 2013 10:16 PM

      I wanted to shoot a vacation video once and then J.J. Abrams swooped by and directed it.

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      February 6, 2013 11:24 PM

      is JJ Abrams just accepting every single project that gets pitched to him or something? he's directing everything

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        February 6, 2013 11:28 PM

        Which is weird because he doesn't seem especially good at it

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          February 6, 2013 11:41 PM

          Do you actually think it's strange? His movies are incredibly popular.

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      February 7, 2013 1:15 PM

      This friendship probably goes back to at least the Super 8 "interactive trailer" included with Portal 2.

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