Back in 2013 we all got excited when it emerged that JJ Abrams (Star Trek, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens) was developing films based Half-Life and its spin-off Portal.
Since then, it’s all gone a bit quiet.
However, in an interview with IGN, Abrams seemed positive that there would be movement soon on the Portal front at least.
“We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve,” says Abrams. “We’re very active. I’m hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon. We are having some really interesting discussions with writers… it’s incredible when you talk to someone who just ‘gets’ it. It’s like, oh my god, it’s really the seed for this incredible tree you’re growing.”
The first Half-Life game was released in 1998 and follows a theoretical physicist, Gordon Freeman, who opens a dimensional rift between a New Mexico research facility and a world of monsters called Xen. Portal, meanwhile, is a spinoff of Half-Life released in 2007. In it, a test subject named Chell is forced to navigate a rival research company’s laboratories armed with a device that can open portals through space. The game was the subject of a 2011 short fan film by frequent Abrams collaborator Dan Trachtenberg, who everyone assume must be involved in the Portal movie writing process somewhere along the line.