J.J Abrams' Nerdy Franchise Dominance May Continue with 'Half-Life' or 'Portal' Film

February 6, 2013


Clearly worried that a few sci-fi videos won't establish him as the "total geek :)" he claims in his profile, J.J. Abrams is now working on a new way to up his nerd cred.

Speaking at a storytelling conference today with video game developer Valve's co-founder Gabe Newell, Abrams made the surprise announcement that, hey, he's a gamer, too! "There's an idea we have for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on," Abrams reportedly told the crowd, silencing all the haters who've called him just a pretty face wearing thick-framed glasses to attract lonely geeks.

Then Newell, who no one has ever questioned is a geek, added another surprising collaboration the two had in mind, saying, "We're super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie." Unfortunately, he then moved on to other topics, such a scene he called, "one of [his] favorite moments in any of [Abrams'] movies," referring to that now-classic, film-school-of-a-scene in Cloverfield in which a woman explodes. (Note: Abrams only produced Cloverfield, but you could totally see his fingerprints all over that exploding woman.)

Polygon has since talked to Abrams to gauge how "real" the movies talks are, and were told:

"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.

"And both a Portal and Half-Life movie are things I want to see. 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."

So, considering Abrams has no problem outright denying things even if they are real, it sounds pretty real.

If things do work out, hopefully Abrams will get started on Portal first. I've always wanted to see the blue portal and orange portal interpreted as distant yet forever-connected father and son.

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