Valve/J.J. Abrams Collaboration? Half-Life or Portal Movie?

Ars Technica has details from today's D.I.C.E. Summit keynote by Valve's Gabe Newell and Hollywood's J.J. Abrams where one of the topics was a game/movie collaboration. At one point Abrams says he has an "idea for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on" which inspired the following response from Newell: "We're also interested in working with you guys on movies. We're going to see if we can make a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie."
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one thing is for certain - it will have time travel and/or alternate realities
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Both will suck. 1. Because video game movies suck, and 2. It's JJ Abrams.
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I think a HL movie could be pretty cool. The fan made HL movie shorts released in the past few years were pretty good.
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zombiefan wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 15:23:
Both will suck. 1. Because video game movies suck, and 2. It's JJ Abrams.

While this has a good chance of being true, there are several movies of games that are pretty good. Same with games of movies. There are also a lot of them that suck, but I wanna dispel the idea that they all do.
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Orphic Resonance wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 15:15:
one thing is for certain - it will have time travel and/or alternate realities

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Verno wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 15:37:
Orphic Resonance wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 15:15:
one thing is for certain - it will have time travel and/or alternate realities

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALT.

WHERES WALT?!

I'm reporting this post to Blue as it's clearly an attempt to torture all who read it.
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zombiefan wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 15:23:
Both will suck. 1. Because video game movies suck, and 2. It's JJ Abrams.

I've liked most of his movies.

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Please, stop with this clown already.
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zombiefan wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 15:23:
and 2. It's JJ Abrams.

Yah, but J.J. Abrams directed Star Trek (2009), and I felt he did a very good job at it.
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deqer wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 15:56:
zombiefan wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 15:23:
and 2. It's JJ Abrams.

Yah, but J.J. Abrams directed Star Trek (2009), and I felt he did a very good job at it.


Dear god. It happened. We agree.


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deqer wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 15:56:
zombiefan wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 15:23:
and 2. It's JJ Abrams.

Yah, but J.J. Abrams directed Star Trek (2009), and I felt he did a very good job at it.

I really disliked his Star Trek, and I've not cared for anything else I've seen from him. BUT. Half-Life has so little plot already, I could actually see him pull that off. That seems like a good fit.
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Well, if anything hell port the games' lens flares faithfully to the big screen.
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I liked the new Star Trek as a movie on it's own, but it's a Star Trek blasphemy. They totally destroyed the previous Star Trek legacy. It barely has links, other than character names. It's a dumbed down mindless explosion fest.
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J.J. Abrams is horrible. Everything he touches is either blatantly stupid (Star Trek) or pretends to be smart but is clearly stupid (Fringe).
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Hm... The G-Man will be the bad guy in the new Star Wars Episode, and Gordon Freeman will turn out to be a nephew of Luke Skywalker, fighting the evil Sith with his Laser Crowbar. Oh, and he'll be flying in the NCC-1701, and he once fell through an artificial wormhole (a PORTAL!) made by Nero, and suddenly found himself in our world suffering from amnesia, where he studied to become a member of Black Mesa!

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ItBurn wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 15:27:
zombiefan wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 15:23:
Both will suck. 1. Because video game movies suck, and 2. It's JJ Abrams.

While this has a good chance of being true, there are several movies of games that are pretty good. Same with games of movies. There are also a lot of them that suck, but I wanna dispel the idea that they all do.

I'm not really sure you can dispel an opinion, but ok.
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I like JJ and his collaborators. Liked Alias, Lost, Fringe, Mission Impossible movies, the new Trek (I dislike old Trek), and I hope he can breath some new life into the massively diluted Star Wars franchise. I'm not sure how Poertal would work as a movie, though. It was a great game for the action puzzles, but that probably won't translate well into a movie.

Also, Cloverfield and Super 8? Meh. The guy is a good film maker, but he's not infallible.
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ItBurn wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 16:12:
I liked the new Star Trek as a movie on it's own, but it's a Star Trek blasphemy. They totally destroyed the previous Star Trek legacy. It barely has links, other than character names. It's a dumbed down mindless explosion fest.

I've watched most star trek shows (never saw enterprise) and all the movies, but I wouldn't say I was a rabid fan. I don't even particularly remember the 2009 movie all that well other than it had time travel and young star trek characters (and that I enjoyed it.) What specifically did they destroy? I'm not trying to argue; I'm just curious.
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AngelicPenguin wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 16:38:
ItBurn wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 16:12:
I liked the new Star Trek as a movie on it's own, but it's a Star Trek blasphemy. They totally destroyed the previous Star Trek legacy. It barely has links, other than character names. It's a dumbed down mindless explosion fest.

I've watched most star trek shows (never saw enterprise) and all the movies, but I wouldn't say I was a rabid fan. I don't even particularly remember the 2009 movie all that well other than it had time travel and young star trek characters (and that I enjoyed it.) What specifically did they destroy? I'm not trying to argue; I'm just curious.

Hmmm, watching a bunch of episodes of the next generation or voyager would be the best explanation. But basically, Star Trek 2009 is a popcorn action movie. The series, not popcorn action movie.
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While that portal movie that Danny Trachtenberg made was totally awesome, I don't know that there's enough in Portal to make a movie.

Half Life (1 or 2), on the other hand are basically already storyboarded and would make great movies once adapted into a script. While I think JJ is a great fit (he's a geek of the first order) for something like that, his plate is pretty full for the next decade. Let's run through the list:

Joss: his talent is really with large casts, and HL is a lone wolf story. Still, a top director for this material.

Zack Snyder: excels at action, but I'd want him to cut back on the slo mo.

Michael Bay: As long as he got a good script, an over the top actiony HL could be fun. Thinking more The Rock and The Island, not Transformers.

Neil Marshall: Directed The Descent, would definitely make a tension filled HL movie.

Sam Raimi: A solid choice. Good for this material having done both action and horror.

My number one though?
Chris Nolan: This would be an amazing Half Life movie. Gritty, with the right balance between action and realism.

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