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J.J. Abrams Says Portal Movie Announcement May Be Coming 'Fairly Soon'

by Ian Boudreau on Sep 29, 2016 at 09:00 AM

Director J.J. Abrams hinted at an upcoming announcement about his Portal film project.

Speaking to IGN at a red carpet event for the HBO show Westworld, which he produces, Abrams said that he'll be meeting with Valve "next week" about the Portal and Half-Life movie projects he announced with Gabe Newell at DICE 2013.

"They're very much still in development," Abrams said. "I'm hoping for there to be a Portal announcement very soon."

Abrams was tight-lipped about specifics on story or timeline, but he said that the writing team for the film includes some Portal superfans.

"We're having some really interesting conversations with writers, many of whom are, like, crazy obsessed," Abrams said. "As someone who loved playing Half Life and loved playing Portal ... 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."

[Source: IGN]


Our Take
Abrams has been pretty stingy with details about the Portal and Half-Life film projects, and this latest tease doesn't really provide any new information, other than that he's still working on the project with Valve. And it makes sense that he wouldn't want to get into specifics: If the team is still in the writing stage of production, plenty could change between now and whenever the movie premieres.

Plus, with a property as dearly beloved by fans as Portal is, being cautious about making early promises is the wise move. Still, we can't wait to hear this next announcement.