Those films set in the Half-Life and Portal universe are still happening

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Jan 23, 2017

Believe it or not, the live-action films set in the Half-Life and Portal video game universe are still in development. So don't give up hope just yet.

Gabe Newell, with video game developer Valve, recently participated in a Reddit AMA where he was asked about the long-gestating Half-Life and Portal film projects (which could be one film, or two films -- it's currently undefined). We heard a few years back that J.J. Abrams was working with the developer on crafting a film blueprint, and Newell said "Yep,” that's still the plan — and "They’re coming," in regards to the development process.

Though they're not the biggest properties in the zeitgeist these days, Half-Life and Portal are still gigantic video game franchises with a ton of film potential. Half-Life is a classic sci-fi story, while the stunning visuals alone would make Portal a fantastic fit for a tentpole release (just see Dan Trachtenberg's 2011 short film based on Portal as a proof of concept for how cool this could be).

Are you glad to hear these projects are still on the table? Do you think they could be worth the wait?

(Via Polygon)