Video games turned into live action films? Usually not a good idea. Actually it’s like never a good idea. But Hollywood keeps trying and hoping to finally get it right. The issue with them usually is that the films have potential, but the director behind them may not be the best one for the project. But now, yet another game is possibly becoming a film, and the director that’s behind it at the moment may be just right to get the formula right.
While recently speaking with IGN, J.J. Abrams, the man credited with directing spectacular films like Super 8, Star Trek, and Star Wars, made a statement that basically solidified that a we can be expecting a Portal movie in the near future.
“We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we’re very active, I’m hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon.”
It’s known that J.J. Abrams is something of a fan of Portal and Half Life, so this project is probably going to be a meaningful thing for him. Obviously, we wants people to working with him on the project that share a similar passion for the property, and it sounds like he may have done that:
“We are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom…once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things. As someone who loves playing Half Life and Portal, what’s the movie of this, 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.”
So we know something is brewing for sure, but of course nothing is set in stone until we get an official announcement. It’s interesting that this adaptation is being considered, seeing as how the game was puzzle solver, and on top of that, the character you played as never said a word throughout the whole thing. Regardless, if this project actually takes off, we’re excited to see what they do with it. As long as they don’t try and adapt the 1st person mode to the actually film, we’re going to remain hopeful. Because that’s a terrible idea for some movies (we’re looking at you, Doom).
No official film announcements for the Portal film adaptation, but we’ll keep you guys posted.