Abrams making even MORE movies: Half-Life + Portal in the works

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Feb 6, 2013, 6:21 PM EST (Updated)

If you thought J.J. Abrams would be too busy with Star Wars VII to take on any more movies, think again.

The prolific director/producer/writer participated in a discussion at the DICE 2013 summit with Valve co-founded Gabe Newell, and revealed that the two are in preliminary talks to develop movies based on the popular videogame franchises Half-Life and Portal.

So go ahead and throw these two on a list that already includes Star Trek 3, Star Wars VII, Mission Impossible 5 and a ton of new and ongoing TV series.

The Half-Life franchise focuses on an alien invasion at a top-secret research facility, while Portal is a sci-fi puzzle game that utilizes teleportation to get around obstacles and solve problems. Both games have been the subject of movie speculation for years, and fans have even gone so far as to make live-action spec trailers for fun.

Abrams said both franchises are ripe for exploration on the big screen and his team is working with Valve to see how they could make the leap:

"[The games are] as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets... which is that we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very interesting ideas. 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.”

In addition to the potential films, Abrams said he’d also like to see Bad Robot work with Valve to co-develop a videogame. But he clarified they want to make a “real” game, not some film-esque extension into the medium:

“We're not looking to make a movie in the gaming world, we're not looking to impose what we do on that, we're looking forward to taking some of our strengths and collaborating with some of these incredible minds that make some of my favorite games."

This actually sounds like it could lead to something cool, and Abrams has proven he can take an existing brand and turn it into gold. But do you think he’s the man to steward these two franchises?

(Via The Verge, Polygon)