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Reader Discussion: Do You Trust J.J. Abrams With Film Adaptations Of Portal And Half-Life?

by Louis Garcia on Feb 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

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?

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