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J.J. Abrams teases that a Portal movie announcement will be coming soon

09.29.2016
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It's been several years since Valve, the studio behind the Portal and Half-Life games, announced that they had joined forces with J.J. Abrams in order to give their games the big-screen treatment. Since then we've heard little about either project, other than Abrams confirming that they were still in development, but Abrams is now teasing that we should be hearing an official announcement about the PORTAL movie fairly soon.

While speaking with IGN on the red-carpet for HBO's Westworld, J.J. Abrams said that "we have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we’re very active, I’m hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon.” Abrams obviously didn't spill any details about either project, but he did say that they're working with writers who really "get" what Half-Life and Portal are all about.

We are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom...once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things. As someone who loves playing Half Life and Portal, what’s the movie of this, it’s incredible when you talk to someone who just ‘gets’ it, it’s like, oh my god, it’s really the seed for this incredible tree you’re growing.

I've said before that I'm not the biggest gamer in the world so I can't comment on the story-line behind either property, but the interesting visuals and tech of Portal are quite appealing and could definitely provide the backbone for a fun adventure film, provided that Abrams and Valve give us something beyond simply showing off how cool the Portal gun is.

Source: IGN

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10:29AM on 09/30/2016
I am on the opposing side. I think a Portal movie by Abrams is a great idea. There are so many bad video game films, so the more "good" video games that get created into films by "good" directors, the better. At least for someone who has played the games. The story is a little bland, but what really makes it entertaining is the action and especially the two characters.
I am on the opposing side. I think a Portal movie by Abrams is a great idea. There are so many bad video game films, so the more "good" video games that get created into films by "good" directors, the better. At least for someone who has played the games. The story is a little bland, but what really makes it entertaining is the action and especially the two characters.
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9:22AM on 09/30/2016

I think JJ is done with aliens, so no Half Life movie for him but he probably would do Portal

Even though Portal is paper thin and would get kind of boring after the first few moments. A girl going up against inanimate drones and an overtalkative robot isn't going to be that interesting. The games were good puzzle games, but the story was bland.
Even though Portal is paper thin and would get kind of boring after the first few moments. A girl going up against inanimate drones and an overtalkative robot isn't going to be that interesting. The games were good puzzle games, but the story was bland.
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8:00AM on 09/30/2016
I'd be more interested in a Half Life adaptation by Abrams.
I'd be more interested in a Half Life adaptation by Abrams.
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4:16AM on 09/30/2016
the Portal games rock, but I don't need a movie about it
the Portal games rock, but I don't need a movie about it
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2:09AM on 09/30/2016
Guys, GUYS! J. J. Abrams' name has three words in it. Half-Life 3 confirmed!
Guys, GUYS! J. J. Abrams' name has three words in it. Half-Life 3 confirmed!
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