If it wasn’t evident that J.J. Abrams is the busiest man alive, well now it most certainly is. Not only is Abrams set to head up the new Lance Armstrong biopic, and the new Star Wars franchise, he’s also set to put forth plans for Portal and Half-Life. Both films are of the sci-fi genre, just like his next installment of Star Trek, which will be out in May.
The announcement was made at the 2013 DICE Summit, which is an annual video game executive in Las Vegas. Abrams shared the stage with Valve co-founder Gabe Newell. As the two took the stage, the pair revealed that their biggest plan is to adapt a video game world into a full feature film. Newell explains: “We’re super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie.”
Polygon, the same site that covered the convention spoke with Abrams about his plans. While they learned that both projects are in early stages, they’re stories that he really wants to see get made:
“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.”
What are your thoughts about a Half-Life or a Portal film? Are you excited to see one over the other? Which one do you want to see J.J. tackle first?