Movies based on video games are going to plague the cinemas in coming years by the looks of it, with J.J. Abrams confirming what he hinted at back in 2013 – movies of both Portal and Half Life are in the works.
“They’re in development,” said Abrams, “And we’ve got writers, and we’re working on both those stories. But nothing that would be an exciting update.”
Dan Trachtenberg, who directed the recently released 10 Cloverfield Lane, a semi sequel to Abrams own movie, found fame via his short fan film Portal: No Escape, and would be the obvious choice to direct a Portal film.
“We’re aware of the cautionary tales of movies that became games and vice versa,” said Abrams back in 2013. “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.”