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Director J.J. Abrams was recently handed the director’s chair for the new Star Wars film, and while at this year’s D.I.C.E. Conference, he announced that a deal had been made with Valve for a series of adaptations based on some of their video game properties.
Abrams and Valve president and co-founder Gabe Newell revealed the partnership during their keynote speech about storytelling in their respective mediums, with both Half-Life and Portal revealed as projects set for film adaptations.
Newell previously exposed a film studio’s idea to create a Half Life film – one that included horses and cavalry charges – that he turned down. Abrams may appreciate that both properties are sci-fi fare, but with a component that may be difficult to adapt: mute main characters.
Other characters – especially Portal’s GLaDOS – make up the bulk of the dialogue and atmosphere. However, if the video below can create an interesting premise for a film adaptation of Portal, perhaps Abrams can too.
What do you think about films based on two of Valve’s most popular properties? Who would you cast in the leading roles? I like the idea of Bryan Cranston as tire iron-wielding Gordon Freeman. How many of you just want Half-Life 3?
Sound off in the comments below.
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I think Half-Life is a lot better suited for the silver screen than Portal, but I have faith and respect for J.J. Abrams to do both (if he so chooses).
"How many of you just want Half-Life 3?"
Not me. I haven't even played the first two :P
If Valve is overlooking it, sure, I'm sure it'll be fine.
I think Hugh Laurie looks more like Gordon Freeman than Bryan Cranston.
I like J.J Abrams.
Games have a formula that doesn't translate well to movies. I'm not talking about action, because even Journey wouldn't make for a good movie. Movies can have similar tones and characters as games, such as Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, but games pull and prod people's emotions differently than movies. That said, if it's a good movie then it's a good movie.
I've never played Half-life, so I can't weigh in on that, but to me, a Portal movie is just unnecessary. The games really work best as just games, and it's difficult for me to imagine it the way I could a Halo or Uncharted movie (though I do think the latter is cinematic enough to justify not coming to the big screen).