Way back in 2013, J.J. Abrams set the collective video gaming world’s groins aflame with the news that he was working on film adaptations of Valve’s immensely popular Half Life and Portal series. And then… nothing. Earlier this year he promised that they were still in development but could offer “nothing that would be an exciting update.”
Six months later, and we may finally have movement on the project.
Abrams implied that since announcing the adaptations, he had some very interesting people coming out of the woodwork and pitching ideas and angles for the movies.
“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,” he said. “It’s like, oh my God, it’s really the seed for this incredible tree you’re growing.”
Who knows how long ‘fairly soon’ will be with a man like Abrams, who has perhaps one of the busiest schedules in Hollywood. But surely it won’t be as long as Valve is used to making fans wait. Half Life 2 came out back in 2004. Half Life 3? They won’t admit Half Life 3 is even in development right now. Half Life fans make George R.R. Martin fans look impatient. So as long as Abrams is better than them, we may have a Portal movie before the year 2020.