We probably should have suspected something odd was going on when we heard Gabe Newell would be doing the DICE 2013 keynote with none other than J.J. Abrams. The Star War/Trek writer, director and producer man. "Oh, they probably just want to talk about shared storytelling concepts between movies and games," would be an understandable assumption. Nope. Instead, a joint J.J. Abrams and Valve game and a potential Portal and/or Half-Life 2 movie in the works. Well.
What the hell, guys? This isn't just something you go out and announce during the middle of a speech on storytelling! Want to know the worst part? Considering this is Valve we're talking about, in combination with Hollywood, it's really hard to even take any of this seriously. To quote J.J. Abrams, "It's as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets."
In interviews done after the keynote ended, both parties confirmed that there have been talks pertaining to both games to be made by Valve and movies to be made by J.J. Abrams. Whether the discussions have progressed to the point where actual scripts are being written or code is being produced is another matter entirely.
Seriously. Potential Half Life 2 or Portal movie in the works to potentially produced or directed by J.J. Abrams and Valve is in talks with Abrams about collaborating on a game. Bring it on?
Portal movie header image care of Tristan Reidford Art.