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Half-life & Portal films are happening, J.J. Abrams says

Feb 06 // Allistair Pinsof    @DtoidAllistair

"As real as anything in Hollywood ever gets"

Director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Valve are cooperating on film adaptations of Half-Life and Portal, with early ideas already being tossed around Hollywood. Abrams also dropped hints that a game collaboration might be in development between the two.

In an interview with Polygon, Abrams discusses his approach, working with Gabe Newell, and his thoughts on videogame adaptations.

On state of film project(s): "It's as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets. [..] Which is that we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very interesting ideas."

On approach: "We're also aware of the cautionary tales of movies that became games and vice versa. Our goal here to is to treat the world Valve has created in both these properties like anyone would a book or some great story that comes from a pitch or original script — just to treat it with the respect they treat their games and their players with."

On developing a game with Valve: "We're not looking to make a movie in the gaming world, we're not looking to impose what we do on that, we're looking forward to taking some of our strengths and collaborating with some of these incredible minds that make some of my favorite games."

Half-Life and Portal movies in early idea stages [Polygon]


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