Films were announced for Valve titles Portal and Half-Life at D.I.C.E. in 2013. Since then, all has been quiet on the development front. A few months ago, J.J. Abrams noted both projects were still actively being worked on. However, there’s still been no hint of what’s actually going on. Now he’s offering a smidgen of insight, teasing that an announcement is approaching “fairly soon.”
As a producer on HBO’s Westworld, Abrams appeared on the show’s red carpet. During an interview with IGN, he reiterated that both Portal and Half-Life are “still very much in development.” Not only that, but he’ll be meeting with Valve in the coming days.
“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.”
The filmmaker was then asked about the plots. Would they follow the storylines in their respective game series, or will the narratives be original? Abrams isn’t ready to unveil those details just yet.
“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.”
Could one of the passionate individuals Abrams is referring to be 10 Cloverfield Lane director, Dan Trachtenberg? His break-out project is a Portal short film, after all. Perhaps news in that regard is what’s on the horizon. Information on a director, writers, and story are just the first few things fans are anxious to learn about. But that’s not all Valve fans are patiently awaiting. How interesting would it be if these two films hit theaters before the games received their third installments?