JJ Abrams Might Direct Portal And Half-Life Movies
JJ Abrams is quickly becoming the busiest and geekiest man in Hollywood. Just weeks after Lucasfilms announced that Abrams would be directing the new Star Wars sequels, Abrams himself announced a partnership with Valve Software, the makers of big game titles like Portal and Half-Life.
According to Wired, the announcement came during the opening panel of a videogaming conference that featured both Abrams and Valve CEO Gabe Newell. Conversely, Abrams’ production company Bad Robot would reportedly produce a game in collaboration with Valve.
It remains to be seen if Abrams will still be king geek when work on these possible games and movies begins. Taking the Star Wars movies might have hurt his credibility: not only is Abrams a die-hard Trekkie (the latest installment of his reboot, Star Trek Into Darkness, comes out this year), but the Disney-driven Star Wars sequels are viewed with great suspicion by fans. Even Abrams himself initially said he wanted nothing to do with these “things,” referring to the sequels. And the fanboys who care about such franchise integrity would be a target demographic for any Valve movie.
Still, it would probably take a lot more to seriously hurt Abrams’ nerd bona fides.
If Abrams does eventually start on these video game-inspired movies, he might do well to look at the fertile world of fan movies. One Portal-themed offering was a surprisingly professional and compelling short that could have easily been the pre-credit sequence of a good Hollywood action flick.
What do you think? Is JJ Abrams directing Valve movies a good idea?