Back in 2013, none other than J.J. Abrams said that he wanted to make a movie about the game Portal which came out in 2007. Since then, it has been very quiet around the film and it was assumed that it would no longer be made. Now Abrams has revealed that he certainly has plans for the game from developer Valve Software. He did this during an interview with IGN earlier this week.
“We actually have a script being written for the Portal movie at Warner Bros. We’re really excited about the initial draft and the pitch, so it feels like the project is finally on the go,” Abrams said.
Abrams did not reveal who the writer(s) are, but he is excited about expanding the game’s storyline. “The game has an ingeniously told story, but the potential to build on this is so huge. It’s going to be super fun.” That sounds like maybe the movie will stay close to the story of the first Portal. In it you played a test subject at Aperture Science who had to escape from the (largely) dismantled facility with the help of a gun that creates portals. The story progressed mainly through the dialogue of Aperture Science’s insane AI, GlaDOS.
When asked about the status of the Half-Life movie, Abrams said “the Half-Life thing, we’re not actively working on it right now.” The film started development in 2016. While Portal and Half-Life are part of a shared game universe, it sounds like there’s no pressure to introduce that world first through a live-action Half-Life project.