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Valve and JJ Abrams Collaborating On Half-Life, Portal Movies 208

LordStormes writes "JJ Abrams, who apparently plans to direct every movie for the rest of time, is teaming with Gabe Newell and Valve to explore films for both the Half-Life and Portal franchises. 'Abrams and Newell made the surprise, succinct announcement at the end of their keynote speech, which took the form of a carefully rehearsed discussion between the two creatives about the strengths and weaknesses of games and movies as storytelling mediums. ... "Movies let you experience moments that you might not think are the point, but really are everything,” Abrams said, pointing to the early introduction of compressed air canisters in the opening scenes of the movie Jaws, which initially seem unimportant but prove consequential to the film’s ending. Newell pointed out that the “take your child to work” scene in Portal 2 accomplished the same thing, setting up important plot points in a way that made them initially seem like humorous throwaways.' No word on Half-Life 3, sadly..."
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Valve and JJ Abrams Collaborating On Half-Life, Portal Movies

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  • Portal? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mythosaz ( 572040 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @03:59PM (#42812463)

    The Dan Trachtenberg short film "Portal: No Escape" already proved (to a lot of people) that Portal would be a fun movie. []

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @04:25PM (#42812815)

    Add some more lens flare
    I'm making a note here: needs more punch!
    It's hard to overcompensate bad lighting

    Specular highlights
    We use them a lot
    Because we can

  • by LoRdTAW ( 99712 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @04:52PM (#42813265)

    and same goes for a portal movie. And for good reason, the lack of the character talking or making sounds makes the player feel as if they are Chell or Gordon. Games that feature character dialog make you feel more like a puppeteer. A movie cant capture that first person experience so they would have to avoid casting Gordon or Chell. My guess would be that any Valve based movie plot would be set in the HL or Portal universe and tell another heroes story.

    A HL movie could be based on the Combine invasion of Earth bridging HL1 to HL2 (though it wouldn't have a happy ending) or telling another story set in another City 17 like Combine ruled dystopian city, maybe in the USA or another location. They can still take full advantage of the HL story, Combine enemy's and aliens while tying it in with events from the game. You will probably hear references to Black Mesa, Gordon Freeman Alyx and Dr Eli Vance, Kleiner etc. Maybe their actions of stirring up trouble in city 17 inspires other rebel groups to do the same in their respective prison cities. Plenty of opportunity.

    Portal would be a bit more difficult as the game universe is limited to one lone character trapped in a high tech prison maze ran by a murderous AI. Basically a one-on-one story line. So the story would be a bit more tricky unless the plot is based on the period of time when GLaDOS went rouge and murdered the entire facility staff. Maybe a lone scientist or janitor escapes and they story is based on them. Portal 2 showed the final release of Chell, set far after the events of portal and HL2 so they could make a stereotypical "group of playing kids stumble upon danger" type plot. Maybe chronicle the rat man (I think that's the name), the person who wrote all the "cake is a lie" graffiti. Either way a Portal story would be tough.

  • by Antipater ( 2053064 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @05:02PM (#42813407)
    He was making a movie based on a TV show where characters would routinely say things like "Sir, the surface of the planet is negative four hundred degrees Celsius." Please don't look for scientific realism in anything Star Trek related.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @06:11PM (#42814229)

    Moon might be a better example.

You are in a maze of little twisting passages, all different.