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Post by Dan @ 06:32am 07/02/13 | 9 Comments
Valve Software's Gabe Newell and headline-dwelling film producer/director J.J. Abrams have appears on stage together at the 2013 DICE Summit videogames event in Las Vegas, with a keynote speech that strongly hinted at a collaboration between the two for movies based on Valve games, and a game based on Bad Robot Productions property (via The Verge):
Presumably speaking for his production company, Bad Robot, Abrams said on stage that "there's an idea for a game that we'd really like to work with Valve on," and Newell replied, "we're super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie."

Neither of the two men elaborated any further, but Newell did reveal that the on-stage discussion was a recapitulation of "a series of conversations" that the two men have already had with the intention of a collaborative project. Beyond the big tease, it is clear from the conversation on stage that the two are very appreciative of each other's work. At one point, Newell specifically called out one of his favorite scenes from Cloverfield, while Abrams said "I love the experience of playing your games" while complimenting that in Portal "there's this incredible mystery pulling you forward."
With commitments to both Star Wars and Star Trek films, we'd presume Abrams wouldn't be in a position to directly helm any other major film projects himself in the short term. So if we were to see a Portal or Half-life movie anytime soon, we expect he'd be producing.

As for a Bad Robot game from Valve, the production company has been behind an assortment of memorable film and tv franchises, but as far as we can tell, the licensing rights to most of the prominent ones --like Star Trek, Mission Impossible, Lost, and Fringe-- are all owned by major film studios. Perhaps its Cloverfield, or something new entirely?

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Posted 12:08pm 07/2/13
How on earth would you do a Portal movie?
Posted 12:18pm 07/2/13
How on earth would you do a Portal movie?

A movie based around Caroline and the creation of Aperture Science with the movie leading up to and ending on the birth of GLaDOS. Highlights around Cave Johnson and his feud with Black Mesa and then his eventual death.
Posted 12:26pm 07/2/13
You could do it like Cube
which pretty much is portal, minus the gameplay
Posted 12:31pm 07/2/13
I watched the cube trilogy the other night, good times. I'd like a portal movie more than a half life one.ep3 please. Now. Please.
Posted 02:00pm 07/2/13
I'd like a portal movie more than a half life one

same here
Posted 02:04pm 07/2/13
Too bad Gabe just decides to release EP3 as a movie lul. Id get mad
Posted 06:37pm 07/2/13
Half Life movie would just end up like the Doom movie.
Posted 07:30pm 07/2/13
TF2 movie would own.
Posted 07:38pm 07/2/13
only if it's like the class shorts and not live action.
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