Bad Robot and Valve Could Team for 'Half-Life' and 'Portal' Movies

February 6, 2013
Source: Polygon

Half-Life Bad Robot

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?

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments


The games need to finish first.

Xerxexx on Feb 6, 2013


brb, gonna go change my pants

bat0u on Feb 6, 2013


I'm perfectly ok if J. J. just takes on every project from here on out.

Danimal on Feb 6, 2013


If its Half Life, we won't be getting a trilogy... Zing! Seriously tho, Portal please, with everything on it. Pronto.

McWetty on Feb 6, 2013


Ohwow, that is interesting. I guess we all(who played the game) knew something was brewing between the two companies when that "interactive trailer" for Super 8 was added to Portal 2. Here's hoping for a Half-Life movie within.....7 years !? JJ has contracts for 3 movies to direct or produce + some TV-shows to produce; he will be busy next 5 years at least. Now....a Portal movie? Hmmm, never thought of it as a movie.

David Banner on Feb 6, 2013


Here's the "interactive trailer":

David Banner on Feb 7, 2013



Cody W on Feb 6, 2013


I've DREAMED of a Half-Life movie, but I really don't want anything less than A+ everything, I'd hate for a half ass movie. If JJ is behind it, I have faith it'll be good.

IamSlave on Feb 6, 2013


JJ and Valve. I almost can't believe this isn't an April fools joke. Man how times have changed since I was a child, the fact this could even be possible has me grinning ear to ear. Give me Portal the movie, and Half Life 2 Episode 3 in 2014. This would make for a helluva year.

Mark on Feb 6, 2013


It wouldn't be the first time they have worked together, seeing as Portal 2 had that whole Super 8 train wreck as an extra in the game... This could get interesting 😀

Ryan on Feb 7, 2013


Black screen, voice over "Good morning, and welcome to the Black Mesa Transit System."

capitandelespacio on Feb 7, 2013

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