J.J. Abrams Insists The Portal and Half-Life Movies Are Still Happening

J.J. Abrams Insists The Portal and Half-Life Movies Are Still Happening

Billie Lourd says she’ll be back in a bigger capacity for Star Wars: Episode VIII. A Thor supporting character may not return for Ragnarok. Plus new details for Scream Queens‘ next season and set pictures from Wonder Woman. Spoilers now!


Despite not a single drop of information coming out between now and the announcement in 2013 that Abrams was working with game developer Valve on adapting their iconic franchises Half-Life and Portal into movies, the director insists that both projects are still in being worked on:

Not yet, but they’re in development. And we’ve got writers, and we’re working on both those stories. But nothing that would be an exciting update.


Star Wars Episode VIII

Billie Lourd has confirmed that she will reprise her role as Resistance Comms Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix — telling /Film that her role next time will be larger than her single-line cameo in The Force Awakens.

Captain America: Civil War

Elizabeth Olsen discusses Wanda and the Vision’s relationship in the movie, suggesting that the film wont follow the romantic connection the characters developed in the comics:

I think there’s something unique in the fact that her powers come from the same thing that powers him, and that is how we’ve made them have that kind of… that specifically in common, as opposed to it being something else that the comics kind of created, which has been pure romance. But they do have something uniquely special because of that.



Jake Gyllenhaal has joined this sci-fi movie about the crew of the International Space Station discovering potentially sinister life in a sample from Mars. [Variety]

Thor: Ragnarok

Jamie Alexander is unsure whether she’ll return as Lady Sif, due to her commitment to Blindspot:

I am not 100% sure at this moment. I know that they’re changing things with the script and that sort of thing, so I am literally in limbo. I know probably less than you do about it. I would love to do it, but whether or not it’s going to work on my short hiatus from ‘Blindspot,’ I’m not sure. There could be a lot of factors when it comes to that decision.


Wonder Woman

Here’s a couple of new set pictures of Gal Gadot in costume as Wonder Woman:

Iron Fist

Joe Quesada talks about what will set this show apart from the other Marvel Netflix shows:

It still takes place in the same world. I think the Danny Rand character himself will have a different perspective on the world than some of the characters that you’re seeing now — as will Luke Cage. I mean you guys haven’t seen that show yet, either. Our goal is to provide four different shows that each have their own feel while, again, feeling like they are a part of a whole. Not an easy task, but I can tell you that our team is really fantastic at doing this. It’s still the early stages of Iron Fist so I’m a little hesitant to say too much more than that. But Danny Rand is a completely different character and the world that he comes from, how he obtained his powers and his skills — all completely different. I think fans will be pleased.


Scream Queens

Speaking at PaleyFest, Jamie Lee Curtis has confirmed that pretty much the entirety of the (surviving) characters will return for the second season, which will be set in a hospital run by Curtis’ character. [Variety]


Meanwhile over at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest, reports from the Arrow panel claim that Caity Lotz confirmed Sara Lance and Nyssa will be romantically involved again in upcoming episodes of the show. [Spoiler TV]


A gallery of images from “A Priest Walks Into a Bar” has been released — click through to see more. [KSite TV]

J.J. Abrams Insists The Portal and Half-Life Movies Are Still Happening

Agents of SHIELD

Here’s a new Wonder Con poster for the rest of the show’s third season. [Entertainment Weekly]

J.J. Abrams Insists The Portal and Half-Life Movies Are Still Happening

Hive does some sinister things to a captured Inhuman in a new clip from “The Inside Man”.


Here’s some new pictures from “Pour Some Sugar, Zombie” — as usual, more at the link. [Spoiler TV]

J.J. Abrams Insists The Portal and Half-Life Movies Are Still Happening
J.J. Abrams Insists The Portal and Half-Life Movies Are Still Happening

Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.