J.J. Abrams wants to truly reign as King of the Geeks, it seems.
Hot on the heels of the announcement that the prolific Abrams has signed on to direct the forthcoming Star Wars movies, it was revealed today that Abrams might soon create film adaptations of the hit video games franchises Portal and Half-Life.
In front of a rapt audience today at the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in Las Vegas, Abrams shot the breeze about future projects with Gabe Newell, co-founder of game company Valve.
According to Abrams, the clever and mind-bending adventure games Portal and Half-Life are tailor-made for film adaptations, and Abrams seems to have volunteered for the gig.
“I love the experience of playing your games,” Abrams reportedly told Newell during the mutual admiration session.
Newell, who is being inducted into the Hall of Fame at this year’s summit — and will give a talk called “A View on Next Steps,” which is the most boring, corporate, Dilbert-esque title for a presentation conceivable — seemed to indicate that a Portal and/or Half-Life movie is likely to happen.
“What we are actually doing here, we are recapitulating a series of conversations going on,” said Newell. “We reached the point that we decided to do more than talk.”
One thing to keep in mind: a Portal movie has already kind of been done, sorta, and done quite well. Abrams is probably thinking of doing something pretty similar to the clip below, except roughly 120 minutes longer, and with a hell of a lot more lens flare: