Speaking at the 2013 DICE Summit, J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell of Valve have revealed plans to work together on either a Half-Life or Portal movie, as well as develop a game idea from Abrams.
Abrams kicked it all off, by stating “there’s an idea we have for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on” adding “we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie.”
Very interesting then – while I’d like to see more Portal and Half-Life games before they make the leap to the big screen, Abrams and Newell collaborating for the project gives me some hope, rather than some ill-informed studio making a mess of something great, as we’ve seen before.
A game from both Abrams and Newell could be a great project too, it would be brilliant to see someone as talented as Abrams move into another medium, with arguably move freedom, and work with one of the best developers – at least in my opinion – around in order to make something fantastic.[drop2]Obviously this will all be a few years down the line and nothing’s set in stone yet – Abrams said himself after the keynote, while speaking to Polygon that these projects are actually in the early stages, summing it up nicely with “we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very interesting ideas.”
Abrams is wary of the risks, “We’re also aware of the cautionary tales of movies that became games and vice versa. Our goal here to is to treat the world Valve has created in both these properties like anyone would a book or some great story that comes from a pitch or original script — just to treat it with the respect they treat their games and their players with.” he continued.
Great stuff, then. When and if either of these movies come to fruition, they could be very good indeed.
Describing the suggested game, Abrams stated that it should explore “the limits of gaming in a perfect way” continuing with “We’re not looking to make a movie in the gaming world, we’re not looking to impose what we do on that, we’re looking forward to taking some of our strengths and collaborating with some of these incredible minds that make some of my favorite games”.
The rest of the keynote included Abrams and Newell providing some interesting analysis of each other’s mediums; Newell pointing out that in films such as Cloverfield, viewers had no choice with the story, with Abrams retorting by showing a clip of Half-Life where the player was ignoring the story altogether.
So, would you like to see a Half-Life or Portal movie? If it has to happen, then this definitely seems like the best way for it to go. And what about the game – it would be great to see something new from Valve, wouldn’t it?