JJ Abrams Is Working On Portal And Half Life Movies With Valve

First Star Trek, then Star Wars now Portal and Half Life: JJ Abrams is quickly becoming the nexus for all things geek, after today confirming he's working with Valve and its head, Gabe Newell, to create movies based on the game studio's most popular titles. I think I need to sit down.

Abrams told Polygon today that the project to turn Valve's games into movies is "as real as anything is in Hollywood", with the pair entering negotiations to bring on writers and other partners to make it happen.

He added that he's keen not to screw up two perfect gaming universes with crappy movie adaptations, as so often happens:

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...

On top of all that movie talk, Abrams has said that he wants to work with Valve in its wheelhouse to make a video game. Everything's coming up geek. [Polygon]


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    Don't we have enough movies with thin story lines about the pretend rebel, armed with superior weapons and wit, killing countless enemy all for the one true government?

    No, please, no.... video game movie.... argh....

    I am of two minds -- Give 'The Freeman' good dialog, take the source material and be inpsired by it, it would be frkn cool to have a half life movie series -- And the whole 'inspired by source material' seems to be the point of this talk.

    But, based on past movie/game conversions going either way... 90%+ chance of suck.

      You meant 'give The Freeman no dialogue', surely.

        Haha. I'd actually love if, in the first few minutes, he goes to speak and keeps getting cut off.

        If anything media has told us is that the Freeman has no option for dialogue. Silence is his only weapon.

    Abrams told Polygon today that the project to turn Valve’s games into movies is “as real as anything is in Hollywood”

    Hang on, Hollywood makes fictional films. So something that is as real as anything in Hollywood, is in fact, purely fictional. He's really saying that the project doesn't exist!

    I'd like to see a HL movie based in the same world but not on Freeman, that would allow for dialog.

      Blue Shift.

    I found this frame from one of JJ Abrams' new movies. I think you know which one:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/CCTV_Lens_flare.jpg

    Hint: it's all of them

    I suddenly want to be an actor.

    [Edit] I also hope he starts with episode three. Just to annoy everyone.

    Last edited 07/02/13 9:20 am

    Does anyone else get the feeling that the Atlas/P-Body story would be better done by Pixar?

    I actually think it would be incredibly cool if they could do a movie, completely from Freeman's perspective, where he doesn't say a thing... you could continue the story quite perfectly, (or do an offshoot, or heck, even do a retelling).

    If nothing else, it would be unique :)

    They should definitely do it based on the life of the Pit Worm from Opposing Force, I liked his eye lasers!

    Portal and HL can piss off until Star Trek and Star Wars are one.

      And when I say one I mean done. :)

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