Bad Robot and Valve Could Team for 'Half-Life' and 'Portal' Movies
While the geek world continues to speculate about Star Wars, Episode VII director J.J. Abrams is making news elsewhere. At the DICE (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in Las Vegas earlier this morning, Abrams teamed with Gabe Newell, the president and co-founder of video game company Valve, to speak about the differences between video games and film and discuss a possible creative collaboration between the two. The video game website Polygon (via ComingSoon) was in attendance, and their recap indicates Abrams and Newell hinted about plans to bring movie adaptations of Portal and Half-Life to life.
Here's what Abrams and Newell had to say in regards to their upcoming work, in a post on Polygon:
"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... We reached the point that we decided to do more than talk."
There aren't any further details available about the game or any firm plans about the movies at this point. But we've already seen what a fan film in the Portal universe can look like (director Dan Trachtenberg scored the Y: The Last Man director's chair partly because of Portal: No Escape), and Valve has been considering making a Half-Life movie on their own since 2010, so just imagine what Bad Robot and Valve could produce with their powers combined. It's exciting stuff for fans of both of these games, and we'll keep you posted when more film-related details are discovered. Excited to see these movies made?