J.J. Abrams Confirms ‘Half-Life’ and ‘Portal’ Movies Are in Development

March 14, 2016 Updated: March 14, 2016

Sci-fi Director J.J. Abrams has confirmed that he is producing films inspired by the video games “Half-Life” and “Portal” and that they are “in development.”

In an IGN interview published March 11, Abrams said that “Half-Life” and “Portal” films are in the works.

The news emerged from an interview regarding “10 Cloverfield Lane”—a “semi-sequel” to “Cloverfield” directed by Dan Trachtenberg, whose directing career gained traction, coincidentally, after he released his “Portal” fan-film, which you can watch below.

Although Abrams said he has no particularly exciting updates regarding the adaptations, fans of the “Half-life” and “Portal” universes (universes!?) will disagree. The very mention that Abrams’s “has writers” and is “working on both those stories,” has gaming journalists all keyed up. 

The last mention of film adaptations were three years ago during the D.I.C.E. 2013 Summit; Valve Corporation President, Co-Founder, and Steam sales prophet, Gabe Newell discussed the possibility of making video games with Abrams, and the desire to engage in cross-platform storytelling.

A timeline for the writing, production, or release of the films has yet to be revealed. However, since today is the start of the 30th annual Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, we may not have to wait very long to hear some juicy details. 

Though, fans of the game series are still wondering if they will ever see a “Half-Life 3.” Perhaps the recent release of a “SteamVR Performance Test” (check out if your PC is “VR ready“) that utilizes Valve’s “Aperture Robot Repair” VR demo will keep them busy. At least for a whole two minutes. You can watch the full “Aperture Robot Repair” VR demo below.