Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J. J. Abrams has spoken about the Half-Life and Portal movies, saying that they are still in development.
There’s no doubt that 2016 could be the year where videogame-to-film adaptations become the next big Hollywood trend, with properties such as Assassin’s Creed and World of Warcraft (Warcraft) just months from release. Such endeavours have almost always failed to bear fruit, receiving only poor critical and audience reception, and awful box office numbers (with a few exceptions). If I were to ask you to list any good/personally enjoyable video game-movies you would struggle to do so, but that may well change very soon.
If AC and Warcraft can succeed, in both gaining positive audience response, and in their respective box office takes, this year, then they will certainly open the door for a plethora of other films of their kind to follow, with many studios currently holding off greenlighting such projects until the aforementioned films show signs of success. Portal and Half-Life may be two such properties that we will see launch full steam ahead following the, all-important, popularity of their predecessors.
In 2013, J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell decided to share with the public their desire to create films based on Valve‘s much loved Half-Life and Portal games together. However, since then we really haven’t heard much at all about the project/s, and both Abrams and Newell have been, well.. A little busy of late, focusing on things like directing the new Star Wars movie, and bringing us the upcoming 10 Cloverfield Lane.
In a recent interview with IGN, for his, previously mentioned, new film 10 Cloverfield Lane, Abrams stated that while no progress has been made on Half-Life and Portal as of yet, they both have writers attached and development is moving ahead, even if it is more on the slow side:
“Not yet. But they’re in development, and we’ve got writers, and we’re working on both those stories. But nothing that would be exciting… an exciting update.”
So, it does seem likely that we will see a Portal or Half-Life movie in some shape or form in the coming years, so long as the genre itself can begin to make a positive impression in the months that lie ahead.
Do you want to see a Portal or Half-Life movie get made?