THE NEWS BUNDLE: J.J. Abrams Reveals Bad Robot and Valve To Possibly Team-Up for 'Portal' and 'Half-Life' Films


With Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and most recently the Hitman franchise all slated to hit theaters, whether or not we'll have another string of video game adaptation flops or hits remains to be seen. But among some of the biggest franchises currently in the works, director J.J. Abrams seems to have some hand involved. At the 2013 DICE Summit today, Valve chairman Gabe Newell sat down with Abrams in a panel titled "Storytelling Across Platforms". Now, it seems the two will be doing just that as two of the most popular franchises in all of gaming are looking to hit the big screen.

Polygon (via Film Stage) reports that near the end of the panel, Abrams stated, “There’s an idea we have for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on. We’re super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie.”

By "we", Abrams most likely means Bad Robot Productions which would attach the hot creative visionary as producer and a major piece to push the film through Hollywood.

Details are preliminary right now and no further questions on the reveal were asked, but there is no word yet on who would likely helm the film for either. Abrams seems unlikely as he's currently juggling not only the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises but also multiple others products at Bad Robot including Edgar Wright, a Lance Armstrong biopic and various secret projects.

Half-Life revolves around Dr. Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist who must fight his way out of a secret underground research facility Black Mesa whose research and experiments into teleportation technology have gone disastrously wrong. The scope expands in additional sequels, placing Freeman in and out of stasis as the world devolves into a dystopia run by the aliens Freeman accidentally released.

Loosely set in the same universe, Portal revolves around Chell who also awakens from stasis and is forced to explore testing chambers in the abandonded Aperture Science facility by super computer GlaDOS using a device known as a portal gun. But after believed to have killed GlaDOS and escaped the facility, Chell is dragged back in by a robotic assistant and placed into stasis once more as the facility devolves into disarray. Chell is then awoken by one of multiple personality cores Wheatley, while the two accidentally awaken the antagonist again, uncover the lengthy origins behind the setting and at one point even become enemies.

Hopefully we'll have more for you in the near future as something more concrete arrives.

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