D.I.C.E. 2013: J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell Tease Portal Movie

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D.I.C.E. 2013: J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell Tease Portal Movie

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The guy who tells Captain Kirk what to do may soon do the same for GLaDOS.

Whether you're a serious gamer, or just have a passing interest in nerd culture, you've almost certainly heard of both Gabe Newell of Valve fame, and J.J. Abrams, known for his work in TV and movies, such as Lost and 2009's Star Trek. Though their choices of medium are obviously different, they're both looking to tell stories at the core of their work, and the opening keynote, titled "Storytelling Across Platforms: Who Benefits Most, the Audience or the Player?" has brought some of the best that both interactive, and non-interactive storytelling has to offer, and a possible tease of what the future may hold.

In fact, one of the most tasty tidbits from the talk was mention of a possible collaboration between Abrams and Newell. "There's an idea we have for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on," said Abrams. Which Newell followed up suggesting a possible Portal or Half-Life movie. Yes, just let that sink in for a bit. A tongue-in-cheek comment? Perhaps, but we can't help but fantasize over the possibilities.

During the keynote, both men made their biases of medium pretty clear. Where Newell was naturally in favor of the free agency provided by videogames, Abrams was more critical of the unfocused nature of storytelling through games. "It's under the player's control how much of this world they're going to explore," said Newell. Where Abrams' thoughts are that "players are often driving the scene in the wrong direction."

They did agree on one point, at least, namely that nothing matters "if you do not love and care about the people in the story," said Abrams, with hearty agreement from Newell. Through various mechanisms, you'll get to "experience moments that you might not think are the point, but frankly are everything," said Abrams. Newell continued, saying "Games and movies really take advantage of the power of discovery."

If you'd like to hear more from Abrams and Newell, you can check out the presentation here.

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Title is incomplete. The quote specifically said Portal or Half-Life movie, and judging by the quote, it doesn't seem like it's something that is in full production now, but something they're seriously looking into. Still, I have a feeling that we're going to see something big come out of this relatively soon.

Starring chris pine as a lump of plaster and they could make GlaDoS completely out of lens flare. Please Gabe show some restraint and don't do this? Please?

What was that sound? It was like a thousand internets cried out in pain!

JJ Abrams DOES have some experience with holes that take you in any direction :P

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Seriously, why is J.J. Abrams suddenly so fucking popular? The guy has made little of note, and even less of quality. Please, people with money looking to produce new content in Sci-Fi franchises, go find somebody with even a modicrum of talent. This guy is not it.

When did J.J. slay the Asimov-Dragon and become king of all sci-fi? Seriously, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Portal? It's too much for one man, especially when we don't exactly have a dearth of great directors *coughsomeonehireDelTorocough*.

Good god, control over Star Trek, Star Wars, and a Valve property? No one man should have all that power.

One director to rule them all.
One director to bring them all together,
and in the lens flares bind them.

Everyone needs to calm down... otherwise they'll get Ewe Boll to do it.

first star trek, then star wars now portal or half life.

his movies or writing aren't that great

1990 Taking Care of Business
1991 Regarding Henry
1992 Forever Young
1996 The Pallbearer
1997 Gone Fishin'
1998 Armageddon
The Suburbans
2001 Joy Ride
2006 Mission: Impossible III
2008 Cloverfield
2009 Star Trek
2010 Morning Glory
2011 Super 8
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

all mediocre movies.

The video game that has a super minimalist plot that's about solving puzzles?

Yeah, just wanted to make sure we're talking about the same thing. No, that doesn't need a movie.

Enough with the fucking lens joke! They are not funny at all! I have heard enough about those damn lens flare since 200 and fucking 9! And to those who say that he has not done anything of notice, check out his resume: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0009190/ He has made a lot of stuff. Both in TV and film. I think that he is a good chooise for Portal, as the art style would fit him.

KeyMaster45:
Good god, control over Star Trek, Star Wars, and a Valve property? No one man should have all that power.

One director to rule them all.
One director to bring them all together,
and in the lens flares bind them.

I'm currently trying to form a group of 9 adventurers to go push him into a volcano. Want to come?

"players are often driving the scene in the wrong direction."

It's almost like interactive-mediums are different from movies or something...
Really, Portal doesn't need a movie adaptation. A story set in the same universe, maybe.

Well,will you look at that J.J. Abrams is trying to top Michael Bay at the childhood rape discipline in movie making. He is shaping up to be the Electronic Arts of movie makers or something. I'm going to be legit scared if he gets control over making a Neon Genesis Evangelion movie.

Encaen:
"It's under the player's control how much of this world they're going to explore,"

Player control? In a Valve game? Since when?

As much as I admire Valve's work it has to be said they design some of the most linear games around. I don't think I've ever felt free to explore in anything by Valve.

I'm sorry... what's everyone's problem? JJ isn't exactly Christopher Nolan, but really... he's not THAT bad. Star Trek wasn't nearly as bad as people seem to keep saying it is. It's probably not going to change anyone's life... but a lot of classics are like that.
As for the lens flare... meh. I don't mind it. It CAN get kinda over the top sometimes, but never rage educing.

OT - I honestly think this is a really cool idea. For Portal. Not Half-Life. Keep him away from that. But Portal? His aesthetics in Star Trek would line up with Portal perfectly.

Really Portal would make an awesome movie.

Encaen:
Where Newell was naturally in favor of the free agency provided by videogames...

How odd. His actual games seem to be against free agency. ;)

Sixcess:
Player control? In a Valve game? Since when?

Indeed.

KeyMaster45:
Good god, control over Star Trek, Star Wars, and a Valve property? No one man should have all that power.

One director to rule them all.
One director to bring them all together,
and in the lens flares bind them.

Exactly this.

Seriously, what the fuck? I'm going to echo MovieBob's statement of: "who the fuck is this guy, and why does he get to handle all of these properties?"

I'm just dumbfounded as to why this is a thing

KeyMaster45:

One director to rule them all.
One director to bring them all together,
and in the lens flares bind them.

This.

Also, this too:

Seriously, who thought this was a good idea? 'cause it isn't.

jFr[e]ak93:
I'm sorry... what's everyone's problem? JJ isn't exactly Christopher Nolan, but really... he's not THAT bad. Star Trek wasn't nearly as bad as people seem to keep saying it is. It's probably not going to change anyone's life... but a lot of classics are like that.
As for the lens flare... meh. I don't mind it. It CAN get kinda over the top sometimes, but never rage educing.

OT - I honestly think this is a really cool idea. For Portal. Not Half-Life. Keep him away from that. But Portal? His aesthetics in Star Trek would line up with Portal perfectly.

Really Portal would make an awesome movie.

Star Wars, Star Trek, and Portal/Half-Life? One man is going to be in full control of those franchises, and that man just so happens to have not released anything incredibly noteworthy in his entire career. Doesn't that strike you as just a little bit weird?

Ok, what the fuck did this guy do to somehow get nominated to rule all of geekdom? Ok he's done a lot of stuff, but none of it was particularly groundbreaking or even interesting really, and certainly nothing which would warrant him having that degree of creative power.

Indeed, about the only thing I can think of is broadening the appeal of Star Trek to more mainstream audiences... Oh I see. Yeah. Forgot that the ability to target as many audiences as possible mattersto the fucknuts in charge, not making something that's actually decent.

And they also seem to be hell bent on continuing to ignore that other directors manage to do both. But then I remember that Joss Whedon doesn't count because he only makes TV shows which fail in short order, Matthew Vaughn doesn't because he only ever makes British gangster movies, Zack Synder doesn't because only his adaptations ever sell and even those not that well, Del Toro's a hopeless, over-ambitious optimist, and Edgar Wright's only good for British comedy.

Fucking narrow-minded idiots...

I dont see why these games need movies about them at all frankly they portray the half life/portal world/story better than any movie ever would.

jFr[e]ak93:
OT - I honestly think this is a really cool idea. For Portal. Not Half-Life. Keep him away from that. But Portal? His aesthetics in Star Trek would line up with Portal perfectly.

Really Portal would make an awesome movie.

Portal is a game about subtleties. Well, the first one at least. What about ST09 was subtle? It was a loud and flashy beast that certainly had some cool moments, but was overflowing with noise and yelling and explosions. Sure it wasn't "bad", but the only parts that I thought were good were the ones with Leonard Nimoy in them. That man should not be given control of any film version of a Valve IP.

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revjay:
Starring chris pine as a lump of plaster and they could make GlaDoS completely out of lens flare. Please Gabe show some restraint and don't do this? Please?

"Make GLaDOS completely out of lens flare" made me laugh. :D

This will never happen, Valve has made it clear on many occasions that the only way they will do a movie is in-house using their own creative skill and wont loan out their ips to be turned into movies.

lets just hope it's a movie based on episode 3

I still don't understand why people hate J J Abrams. Sure his movies aren't "ZOMG ITS TEH BEST THIS EVAR" but thats just it: Amazing movies don't happen ALL THE TIME. At least he is consistent in providing movies that are fun to watch, even if they are forgettable at times.

Also, I honestly hope he has learned from all the internet rage that he does in fact use far too much lens flare and hope he will correct that in his upcoming movies.

It would be interesting to see a Half-Life movie about the Seven Hour War. Obviously it's not going to be about our dear physicist but there's a lot of background story in Half-Life that they could use, same with Portal. I'm pretty excited about the potential video game as well.
Hollywood has made multiple offers to Valve for a Half-Life movie but they've turned them all down because all the ideas were terrible according to Mr. Newell. They must have some really good ideas to consider this. I think the biggest problem was that Hollywood doesn't really know Half-Life well and considering Hollywood's history with video game movies, that doesn't surprise me at all. However, J.J. Abrams is a fan of Valve and Half-Life if I recall correctly, so he probably knows how to make a proper Half-Life movie.
Well, I'm certainly interested.

But the game is a mute solving puzzles with a taunting robot in a sterile facility, how can you make a movie out of that? Half-life would be a better option since other characters could do the speaking. I think I'd like a silent Freeman through a whole movie.

Gaben, J.J. Come here, i wanna show you something. these are a few of the good videogames that got a movie.

.......feel good about that? feel good about what you said about GLados and gordon and chell?

please don't do this. i know how self intitled we sound saying this but. DO NOT MAKE THE MOVIE.........pretty please

"At least it's not Uwe Boll."

That will be the movie tag-line.

Let's all enjoy the freak out, shall we.

Maestro, some music please...

In the meantime let's take a shot evertime somone makes a lens flare joke.

DAMNIT JJ!
WHAT DID I TELL YOU ABOUT STAYING AWAY FROM THE THINGS I LIKE!

This just makes me sad, is Disney AND Valve so blind that they can't even see past the lens flares?

Also I have a niggling feeling that this will be like the Super Mario Bros. movie all over again.

Freeman and Chell deserve better than this...

Encaen:
During the keynote, both men made their biases of medium pretty clear. Where Newell was naturally in favor of the free agency provided by videogames, Abrams was more critical of the unfocused nature of storytelling through games. "It's under the player's control how much of this world they're going to explore," said Newell. Where Abrams' thoughts are that "players are often driving the scene in the wrong direction."

Oh joy, he's one of those people. Look, while I'll be the first to admit that Valve pioneered the linear, setpiece-driven style of game design that's become the norm in recent years, they still know how to make games where the player feels like they're in control as opposed to more recent games that have turned into "guided tours" broken up by brief periods of actual gameplay. Valve doesn't need an actual filmmaker telling them that video games need to be even more like movies. I don't care if it's Peter Jackson saying this stuff; they do not know what they're talking about.

I'd be fine with a Half-Life movie directed by Abrams if Valve's own writers are still involved in the screenplay. As Moviebob pointed out, Abrams has a tendency to play it very safe and not try to do anything out-of-the-box, while Valve enjoys swerving in completely unexpected directions and blowing the player's mind, especially in recent years. A movie written by those people but reined in by someone with more experience directing live action (practically anyone will do) would be amazing.

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