Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
New Kingsman Images Show Samuel L. Jackson
And Colin Firth deploys his umbrella for The Secret Service
Brian G. Hutton 1935 - 2014
The Where Eagles Dare director dies aged 79
David Yates Up For Fantastic Beasts
Harry Potter veteran director in talks for spin-off
White Bird In A Blizzard In A Trailer
Shailene Woodley loses Eva Green
Jeremy Lovering Prepares For The Bringing
In Fear director heads for Cecil Hotel
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
20 January 2014
J.J. Abrams Says Star Wars: Episode VII's Script Is Complete
And Kathleen Kennedy discusses the franchise's future
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Super 8 (2011)
Empire Star Rating
Regarding Henry
Empire Star Rating
Filofax (1990)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Portal: The Movie?
J.J. Abrams has plans with Valve

07 February 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Wired

submit to reddit

Portal

Because he clearly doesn’t already have enough to do with all the movies and TV shows he’s producing or developing and, oh yes, that little directing assignment he chose to accept recently, J.J. Abrams arrived onstage at the Design Innovate Communicate Entertain summit with Valve Corporation co-founder Gabe Newell to talk about making games and films together.

While nothing was officially announced – come on, this is J.J. Abrams, we all know his secretive style – Newman made mention that they’re going to figure out if they can make a film based on either Half-Life or Portal, two of the company's most popular titles.

For his part, Abrams announced that his Bad Robot team had an idea to produce a game that Valve would distribute via its Steam system. The aim, apparently, is to blend the two entertainment styles to give us audience members and gamers more of an immersive experience.

Half-Life, of course, has long been targeted as a possible film, with cinematic development dating back to at least 2003. But no one has seemingly cracked a way to bring the story of Gordon Freeman and the dimension-tearing Black Mesa research facility to the screen. But given Abrams’ love of high concept conspiracies and big beasts, this sounds like a good match.

Still, even if Abrams will be busy in a galaxy far, far away for a while, he has an entire team at Bad Robot dedicated to coming up with these ideas and farming them out to other creative types. So tell us: do you want to see a movie of either Half-Life or Portal? Or do you want them working on something else?


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

George R.R. Martin Signs New HBO Deal
Non-Game Of Thrones projects planned
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

Your Comments

Set it before the games
Looking at how the games are set I'm not sure how a film would work unless it was a lead up to the installation of GLaDOS which could work. Still I'm not one to hold my breath when it comes to videogame movies. More

Posted by MrNinjaShock at 11:45 on 07 February 2013 | Report This Post

Portal movie please
I love Portal 1 & 2 and am a fan of JJ's movies so I would really like to see what he could come up with for Portal. Especially with Glados! More

Posted by msw23 at 08:50 on 07 February 2013 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Exclusive: Luc Besson Talks Lucy
'There is no bullshit with Scarlett Johansson'

Video: Daniel Radcliffe Talks What If...
On Gordon Ramsay, swearing and date movies

The 24 Best Film-Related Ice Bucket Challenges
The viral craze that won’t quit takes in some of Hollywood’s finest

Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Gamescom 2014: The 10 Most Exciting Games
Zombies! Guns! Tombs! Sheep! Watch the trailers right here...

Who Is Mack Bolan? Your Guide To Cinema's New Action Man
As Bradley Cooper lines up to star as the hero, here's your handy guide to his story so far

Film Studies 101: A Film Buff's Guide To Movie Movements
Everything you need to know about cinema's key groups

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)