This morning at the 2013 D.I.C.E Summit, filmmaker J.J. Abrams and Valve video game creator Gabe Newell announced that they are looking to team up to create new games together and potentially a film adaptation of Half-Life or Portal. The announcement was made at the end of their opening keynote speech for the D.I.C.E Summit, “Storytelling Across Platforms: Who Benefits Most, the Audience or the Player?”, and if this is the case, the answer is everyone.
Abrams’ studio Bad Robot has been busy with the upcoming Star Trek sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, but I guarantee you that geeks all over the world are already wetting their pants with excitement at the idea of a Portal movie by J.J. Abrams. Newell’s Valve video game has been wildly popular, and for good reason. According to Engadget, who are reporting from the summit, Newell has stated that he believes Bad Robot could create a movie adaptation of either game, and that their input on a game would also be a fine idea.
Personally, I prefer the idea of a Half-Life movie, but I always had my fingers crossed that I would become a famous lady-director one day and get to adapt that myself. I always found the strong, stoic Gordon Freeman to be terribly handsome, especially swinging a crowbar around. Then again, maybe I just confused my hope of making a Half-Life movie with my desire to make out with fictional Gordon Freeman. But, despite how dumbed down Star Trek was in terms of the science, Abrams sure did make a really good-looking, entertaining, and rewatchable film out of it. I support it! Make Half-Life happen, I dare you!