The excitement level for a movie adaptation of one of Valves cherished franchises has been ratcheted up to 11 following comments from J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell during their D.I.C.E summit talks today.
Gabe Newell started the speculation by mentioning that he would like to “find out if there’s a way we can work with you (Abrams) on a Portal and Half-Life movie.” Although this quote makes it seem like very little has been discussed, the website Polygon reports that the plans may be more fleshed out than Gabe leads on (and thus confirming the latest example of Gabe Newell being the biggest tease in gaming!)
Some telling comments by the soon-to-be Star Wars director Abrams after the panel shows this idea may be further along in the process. Abrams told Polygon “We are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very interesting ideas.”
He concluded by saying, “However, it’s as real as as anything in Hollywood ever gets.” Damn, that’s not the most comforting quote considering the nature of the industry, but just the fact that Abrams and Newell are discussing it in the open is a very good sign.
Either way, it seems that the recent Warcraft movie director announcement has brought the issue of adapting the most popular franchises back to the forefront of peoples minds, and what better place to start than with Valves excellent IP’s. The games are already atmospheric, emotional, funny, exciting and (most importantly) well written. And if anyone can see this process reach the promised land of production, it is J.J. Abrams. Having Valves immense warchest funding the project might help a bit too!
What are your thoughts on bringing Half-Life and/or Portal to the big screen? Which one would be a better movie adaptation? Let the speculation commence!