When IGN pressed for a status update on the rumoured Half-Life and Portal movies, JJ Abrams responded, “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.” Au contraire, Mr Abrams; confirmation of their existence is more exciting than you think.
If the concept of a Half-Life or Portal movie is all news to you, I’m not surprised—there was a brief flurry of activity on the subject in 2013, when Abrams and Gaben got together at the DICE summit to talk about cross-platform storytelling. Newell suggested that “either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie” could work, while Abrams said he’d like to make a game with Valve.
Even further back, in 2010 Newell lamented the quality of pitches he’d received from a litany of Hollywood production companies for a movie based on the Half-Life franchise.
“Their stories were just so bad. I mean, brutally, the worst. Not understanding what made the game a good game, or what made the property an interesting thing for people to be a fan of.”
Evidently he found common ground with Abrams, because it seems the collaboration has the green light.