In a recent onstage event featuring J.J. Abrams and Valve co-founder Gabe Newell a discussion arose about plans to possibly make a Half-Life or Portal based film, they also stated they may work as partners on a new gaming title.
“There’s an idea we have for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on,” said Abrams. Newell added, “We’re super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie.”
During this event they rolled clips of each others work and discussed differences and similarities, while explaining why they thought they should team up.
Newell puts rumors that this is all talk and no action to rest by stating
“What we are actually doing here, we are recapitulating a series of conversations going on,” said Newell. “We reached the point that we decided to do more than talk.”
When asked about the progress and seriousness of this project Abrams also said
“It’s as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets,”
“We’ve had so many meetings and finally got to a point where we said, ‘We need to start making stuff.’ And so the ideas that we’ve had for games, the ideas they’ve had for turning Portal and Half-Life into a film, we just decided we actually have to start doing this stuff.”
I personally think this could be a great thing, J.J. is very talented and has done some great films. One of my main concerns is the fact that most video game based films end up being terrible disgraces. They try to pack way to much story into a 2 hour film, and it always falls short of the great story that was present in the video game.
None the less I can not wait to see where this leads, hopefully it could bring us some more great video games and films.
Do you think this is a good idea? what are your thoughts on a Half-Life or Portal based film?