Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams claims that his production company Bad Robot is still working on Portal and Half-Life film adaptations.
As some may recall, the 2013 DICE Summit was attended by some of entertainment’s biggest icons, including Valve’s Gabe Newell, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams. It was during their appearance at DICE that the pair announced plans to collaborate on potential video game projects together, in addition to Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions creating film adaptations of Valve’s Half-Life and Portal franchises.
Since then, little has been said about the projects. Abrams gave a brief update on the films when discussing how 2013’s poorly received Star Trek movie tie-in potentially hurt his reboot film series of the franchise, but otherwise there has been no mention of Portal or Half-Life by either Abrams or Newell.
Well, Abrams is finally ready to give fans a new update. He has confirmed that both the Half-Life and Portal films are still in development, and, furthermore, that both films have writers attached to them. While it may seem like a rather small update for anyone that has been anticipating these movies since their announcement in 2013, it’s still a lot more than we’ve heard about Half-Life 3, so fans of the Valve’s work will probably still appreciate the heads-up.
Abrams made these comments to IGN while doing media interviews for a recently released film he produced, 10 Cloverfield Lane. Critically-acclaimed, 10 Cloverfield Lane marks the feature film directorial debut of Dan Trachtenberg, who some may recognize as the director of the Portal: No Escape fan film that released five years ago.
Considering Trachtenberg’s connection with JJ Abrams and his previous work adapting the Portal franchise into a short movie, he seems like the perfect fit to direct the Portal feature film. Of course, we will have to actually see some more substantial progress on the project before we get to that point, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Trachtenberg helm the picture when Bad Robot Productions finds its director.
Perhaps if some upcoming video game film adaptations perform well both at the box office and with critics, we will see the Half-Life and Portal film adaptations be given higher priority. Some Hollywood executives have even predicted that the video game movie will be the next comic book movie in terms of audience popularity, but it will take movies like the Ratchet & Clank film and the Assassin’s Creed film being successes for that to happen.
Would you see a Portal or Half-Life movie created by JJ Abrams? Would you like to see Abrams himself direct one of the films? Do you have any faith that either of the movies will actually see release some day? Would you rather see a movie based on one of the franchises, or for Valve to finally develop and release Half-Life 3? Sound off in the comments below and let us know your thoughts on JJ Abrams and his plans to create film adaptation of two of Valve’s most iconic gaming properties.