It appears as though spearheading both the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises just might not be enough for J.J. Abrams. Though it’s been clear that Abrams is keen on juggling multiple producorial projects at once by way of his Bad Robot banner, he might eventually have his hands on yet another couple of geek-friendly properties: Portal and Half-Life. Speaking during a keynote conversation for DICE earlier today with Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, the prospect of feature film adaptations of the wildly popular video games Portal and Half-Life came up, and Newell expressed his desire to have Abrams involved with the films. Hit the jump for more.
Here’s how the conversation went down at the 2013 DICE Summit (via Polygon):
“There’s an idea we have for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on,” said Abrams. Newell added, “We’re super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie.”
Obviously this is in the incredibly early stages of development and it sounds like Abrams isn’t even officially attached to anything yet, but it’s clear that Newell would be more than happy to have the filmmaker involved with either of these two franchises. For those unaware, Portal is an excellent puzzle game in which the player is forced to use a portal gun in order to escape from a series of rooms within a complex. There’s a larger story arc involved that keeps a sense of mystery going, and the game and its sequel are notable for their wicked sense of humor. Half-Life is a first-person shooter, and Portal is actually a spinoff of the Half-Life series that takes place in the same fictional universe. The protagonist of Half-Life is a theoretical physicist.
Again, this is early days so there’s no reason to jump the gun on enthusiasm/backlash, but don’t be shocked if Bad Robot is announced as a producer on a Portal or Half-Life feature film adaptation sometime in the future. It’s unlikely that Abrams would direct, as he’ll understandably be busy with Star Wars for the foreseeable future.