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J.J. Abrams, Gabe Newell Tease Portal, Half-Life Movies

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Posted on February 6, 2013 AT 11:30am

During their “Storytelling Across Platforms: Who Benefits Most, the Audience or the Player?” keynote which kicked off this year’s D.I.C.E. Summit this morning, director J.J. Abrams and Valve head Gabe Newell provided an interesting tease.

“There’s an idea for a game that we’d really like to work with Valve on,” Abrams noted during the presentation.

“What we are actually doing here, we are recapitulating a series of conversations going on. We reached the point that we decided to do more than talk,” Newell then added. “We’re super excited about that, and we also want to talk about making movies—either a Portal movie, or a Half-Life movie.”

Of course, nothing is set in stone—and both Abrams and Newell made sure to state that they were simply recalling “a series of conversations” that the two had had. However, there certainly seemed to be interest from both in terms of connecting with each other’s particular fields of entertainment: movie-making and game development.

And, you know, it isn’t like J.J. Abrams is already busy with making some… Star-something movies or whatever. So, there’d always be a question of when he’d even have the time to consider such projects, should they come to fruition.

What do you think? Would you love to see a Half-Life or Portal movie, either from J.J. Abrams or someone else in Hollywood? Let us know in the comments below!

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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