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Abrams and Newell in talks over Valve film

Abrams and Newell in talks over Valve film

The comments appear to be more than banter and the two are actually in early talks about the project.

Valve head honcho Gabe Newell and lens flare enthusiast/director J. J. Abrams are currently in talks to develop either Half Life or Portal into a film.

At the DICE keynote address, the two discussed the high and low points about games and films as creative mediums and closed with Abrams saying there is an idea for a game he would like to work with Valve on and Newell responding that Valve would be interested in working on a film with Abrams.

Following the session, Polygon reports that the comments were more than idle chatter. 'It's as real as anything in Hollywood gets,' said Abrams. 'Both a Portal and Half Life movie are things I want to see.'

'We are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a wirter, we have a lot of very interesting ideas,' he added.

Valve is apparently relaxing its stance on allowing a third party to develop its properties into films. Previous treatments for a Half Life film have been produced, but have not met with the approval of Valve.

If Abrams was to develop one of Valve's properties into a film it would round of his geekdom land-grab having directed the Star Trek reboot in 2009 and being announced as the director for the new Star Wars films due in 2015.

Valve released Source Filmmaker last year, a tool that gives users access to the tools that it uses to produce its cut scenes, boasting that it greatly condenses the workflow requirement of an entire animation studio into a single gaming PC.

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Griffter 7th February 2013, 09:26 Quote
Valve head honcho Gabe Newell... should it not be "Valve's head honcho Gabe Newell..."
Griffter 7th February 2013, 09:32 Quote
would round of his geekdom... round off :-)
Mankz 7th February 2013, 10:15 Quote
Rather have Ep3 first plz.
Nikumba 7th February 2013, 10:19 Quote
So that movie should arrive before the next ice age?
damien c 7th February 2013, 10:30 Quote
All I can say is DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!
mi1ez 7th February 2013, 10:40 Quote
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we are going to be bringing on a wirter,

I'm a wirter! Pick me!

Anyway, either one of these has the potential to make a great film but would probably be ruined by something. Probably Hollywood.

If you do make one, don't make it 3D!
Mankz 7th February 2013, 10:45 Quote
John Waters as the thin man?
lacuna 7th February 2013, 10:48 Quote
If they closely followed either the Half Life or Portal story you would end up with a very dull film. They would have to change it make it marketable and that would alienate the 'fans'.

We saw how poor Doom was as a film but I don't think they could have made it much better.
sotu1 7th February 2013, 11:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
If they closely followed either the Half Life or Portal story you would end up with a very dull film. They would have to change it make it marketable and that would alienate the 'fans'.

We saw how poor Doom was as a film but I don't think they could have made it much better.

Problem with Doom is that it's so ingrained into gaming culture that it's become cheesy round the edges, so to really reacreate Doom as a movie it would have to be quite corny.

Kinda the same way the original Street Fighter movie was SO AWFUL it was actually just right!
johnnyboy700 7th February 2013, 11:12 Quote
I'm not getting too excited about this after what happened with PJ/NB and Halo, i'll take the "wait and see" approach.
lacuna 7th February 2013, 12:06 Quote
Anybody see the FarCry film? Only Mortal Kombat Annihilation is worse
mdshann 7th February 2013, 18:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mankz
Rather have Ep3 first plz.

amen
Speed 7th February 2013, 18:15 Quote
Isn't J. J. Abrams a bit busy wrecking Star Trek and soon Star Wars?!
Sloth 7th February 2013, 18:35 Quote
Maybe the Portal movie can incorporate the puzzle aspect of the game with Dora The Explorer style choices and questions.

I hope these never get made. The story's nice but the enjoyment is in playing through them.
[USRF]Obiwan 8th February 2013, 10:31 Quote
As long it is not Uwe Boll it is all sizzle with me.
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