A Portal and a Half-Life movie were both announced at DICE 2013, but little has been heard about them since. According to director J.J. Abrams, both movies are “still very much in development,” and we should have a announcement regarding the Portal film very soon.
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 also hinted that those who love playing these games will be pleased with the movies. The writers definitely seem to be fans.
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.
None of that means that the movies will adopt the same storylines from the games, but at the very least, it appears that the stories will include the seeds from the games.