J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot to bring Half-Life and Portal to the big screen


J.J. Abrams is quite the busy man isn’t he? Currently he’s finishing post-production on Star Wars Trek, then it’s onto Star Trek Wars: Episode VII. Now Variety’s Marc Graser is reporting that J.J. Abrams and the almighty Gabe Newell have teamed up to bring Half-Life and Portal to the big screen.

I think J.J. Abrams is starting to campaign to take away the title of “King of the Nerds” from Joss Whedon by taking on Star Wars, Star Trek, Half-Life, and Portal. J.J. will NOT be directing these movies, as he’ll obviously be busy with Episode VII.

In the partnership, Newell said that J.J.’s team could create a Half-Life and Portal film, while Valve could help Bad Robot create a game for them. Valve creates one of the best games on the PC market (they just need to hurry the hell up with Half-Life 3) and J.J. Abrams knows how to make good films.

Adapting video games seems to be the recent craze right now in Hollywood, as many talented people are working on various different video game franchises. As you can see from the list below it’s quite the talent indeed:

World of Warcraft: Duncan Jones to direct, Johnny Depp rumored to star
Need for Speed: Scott Waugh to direct, Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton to star
Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2: Kevin Tancharoen to direct, Casper Van Dien, Brian Tee, Cary Tagawa to star
Splinter Cell: Tom Hardy to star
Assassins Creed: Michael Fassbender to star and produce

I’m sure if any of these video game adaptations were to be successful, and then expect to see many more adaptations come to the big screen. Let’s hope that Hollywood realizes that in order for adaptions to work out well financially that you need to give it some love and care. Just ask Marvel Studios and Christopher Nolan that.


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