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

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Personally I can't see this happening. Not that I don't specifically want to see a JJ Abrams Portal movie, I just don't think I want to see a Portal movie at all. Though if they must, if they could at least work in Cave Johnson warning in his usual fashion about the overuse of lens flare in a particular test chamber, I'd be fine with that.

Oh, and somewhere in this thread someone made a comment about Armageddon being a mediocre movie. Well, they're wrong, and mad.

uchytjes:
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 isn't that his movies aren't great/good.

It's that they lack soul/substance/passion/creative vision etc. EDIT:(I realized it didn't make sense)the fact that his movie lack that touch is why everyone is riled up.

NOT:
"J.J. ABRAMS IS SUCH A BAD DIRECTOR, HIS MOVIES SUCK! ZOMG!"

BUT:
"WHY IS HE DIRECTING IT AND NOT SOME ASPIRING FILM STUDENT/SOMEONE TO WHOM THE SUBJECT MATTER IS PART OF WHO THEY ARE?"

Akichi Daikashima:
It isn't that his movies aren't great/good.

It's that they lack soul/substance/passion/creative vision etc. that kind of mediocrity is why everyone is riled up.

NOT:
"J.J. ABRAMS IS SUCH A BAD DIRECTOR, HIS MOVIES SUCK! ZOMG!"

BUT:
"WHY IS HE DIRECTING IT AND NOT SOME ASPIRING FILM STUDENT/SOMEONE TO WHOM THE SUBJECT MATTER IS PART OF WHO THEY ARE?"

Oh, that is an EASY question to answer: money. Producers will hire people that are a safe bet rather than someone that is unpredictable.

Also, I'm completely against people directing things because of their nostalgia. If they are doing it out of pure nostalgia all they can produce is something that is, at best, a copy of the original. When you have someone that doesn't have nostalgic feelings towards the original material, it gives way to A: innovation and modernization of the original material and B: a brand new story instead of a re-hash of an old one.

Of course, as is possible in any situation, all hell can break loose and the project could just go to shit regardless of who is directing it.

Akichi Daikashima:

uchytjes:
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 isn't that his movies aren't great/good.

It's that they lack soul/substance/passion/creative vision etc. EDIT:(I realized it didn't make sense)the fact that his movie lack that touch is why everyone is riled up.

NOT:
"J.J. ABRAMS IS SUCH A BAD DIRECTOR, HIS MOVIES SUCK! ZOMG!"

BUT:
"WHY IS HE DIRECTING IT AND NOT SOME ASPIRING FILM STUDENT/SOMEONE TO WHOM THE SUBJECT MATTER IS PART OF WHO THEY ARE?"

I don't want to get into a debate about if JJ's movies have "souls" or not. But most of the complaints I've seen really do boil down to, "ARGGGGGHHHHH JJ SUCKS AND LENZ FLARE!!!!!!!"

That means either a movie based on a puzzle game with subtle cues for player to piece the story together, or a very definitely non-silent Gordon Freeman.

You know they would write him to throw one-liners at a rate of five every minute.

You know they would.

uchytjes:

Akichi Daikashima:
It isn't that his movies aren't great/good.

It's that they lack soul/substance/passion/creative vision etc. that kind of mediocrity is why everyone is riled up.

NOT:
"J.J. ABRAMS IS SUCH A BAD DIRECTOR, HIS MOVIES SUCK! ZOMG!"

BUT:
"WHY IS HE DIRECTING IT AND NOT SOME ASPIRING FILM STUDENT/SOMEONE TO WHOM THE SUBJECT MATTER IS PART OF WHO THEY ARE?"

Oh, that is an EASY question to answer: money. Producers will hire people that are a safe bet rather than someone that is unpredictable.

Also, I'm completely against people directing things because of their nostalgia. If they are doing it out of pure nostalgia all they can produce is something that is, at best, a copy of the original. When you have someone that doesn't have nostalgic feelings towards the original material, it gives way to A: innovation and modernization of the original material and B: a brand new story instead of a re-hash of an old one.

Of course, as is possible in any situation, all hell can break loose and the project could just go to shit regardless of who is directing it.

A:JJ is incapable of transferring any feelings into any of his movies, even Super 8, where the opportunity to prove himself as a director was glaring right before him, and Half-life isn't so old that it needs modernization; the story has a unique vibe to it that when removed, would make the story rather bland and uninteresting, leaving only the unique gameplay, and as we all know, gameplay is the hardest thing to transfer onto cinema.

B:THAT could work, but again, you'd need to keep consistent with the theme, otherwise it's a spinoff, and the only "good" vg-movies that worked with that kind of approach were the Resident Evil movies, but they work because of their slightly schlocky/bad movie feel.

To quote Yahtzee:

"A game(in this case movie, but I believe that it still applies) that fails due to over-ambition is still better than a game that fails because its beep-boop committee designed sludge coughed out by a corporation staffed by robots(in this case J.J. Abrams)"

"ARGGGGGHHHHH JJ SUCKS AND LENZ FLARE!!!!!!!"[/quote]

That's cause its the most immediate reaction to this article.

Akichi Daikashima:
A:JJ is incapable of transferring any feelings into any of his movies, even Super 8, where the opportunity to prove himself as a director was glaring right before him, and Half-life isn't so old that it needs modernization; the story has a unique vibe to it that when removed, would make the story rather bland and uninteresting, leaving only the unique gameplay, and as we all know, gameplay is the hardest thing to transfer onto cinema.

B:THAT could work, but again, you'd need to keep consistent with the theme, otherwise it's a spinoff, and the only "good" vg-movies that worked with that kind of approach were the Resident Evil movies, but they work because of their slightly schlocky/bad movie feel.

To quote Yahtzee:

"A game(in this case movie, but I believe that it still applies) that fails due to over-ambition is still better than a game that fails because its beep-boop committee designed sludge coughed out by a corporation staffed by robots(in this case J.J. Abrams)"

To counter your points:

A: Wasn't Super 8 a nostalgic tribute to old Speilberg movies like E.T.? (I never watched it, so I'm going off of what I remember from Movie Bob's review) So wouldn't it be pretty likely that because of his feelings from the past he fumbled while trying to emulate it? I don't know, I could be wrong about that.

B: Well, if either of these movies (portal or half-life) were to be made, they would most CERTAINLY need to focus on something that barely touches the original story of the games. For portal I would like to see an Sci-fi action movie about Aperture's collapse at the hands of GlaDOS. For half-life, however, I don't know of any approach they could make.

Either way, the movies should NOT be about anything having to do with the main stories of either game. The best videogame movies always seem to be far removed from any plot in the games.

Also, on a tangentially related topic: What if the portal movie was an interactive puzzle where the entire audience had to cooperate to finish each puzzle? That would be an interesting experiment.

MacNille:
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.

If by "Art Style" you mean lens flares so bright so often that you need sunglasses or you will be blinded then I disagree. A lot of movies are ruined by overuse of lens flare. I will only be happy with JJ directing the potential movie if as a condition of allowing him to use the Portal IP that he is BANNED from using ANY kind of lens flare.

the title of this article is rather misleading.

Grrrrrrr...

JJ Abrams is really starting to get on my nerves. He's making Star Wars Origins: YODA, Star Trek 2: No, I Swear we Aren't Ripping off tWoK, and now a Valve game movie? Can someone get his superior Compatriot Joss Whedon onto even One of these products before Abrams' ego attains sentience?

well, it could be worse. it could be uwe boll.
but him doing either a portal movie or half life movie, that cant be good. but at least i have some small hope he will get few things right were boll screws up enormously.

What are you talking about? "Portal" can't be a movie. It's not about the portals. It's about viewing the world from your own perspective and having that perspective skewered through portals. That kind of first-person connection would be completely lost on a movie, at least any non-indie movie.
Now Half-Life on the other hand... That might just become my favourite film. A Half-Life story in which I don't have to be mauled by striders and hunters together? That would be phenomenal!

My reaction to J.J. Abrams being allowed to direct ANYTHING.

What "Hollywood " is forcing down my throat every time I want a decent video game movie

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What I wish movie studios would say to J.J. Abrams if he asks to direct anything ( including traffic ).

( I don't reply to " Quotes ")

That was quite an interesting key-note speech. Both Abrams and Newell gave detailed, if opposing, points of view on the matter.

As for the possibility of the two collaborating on a project, in the very least you can consider me intrigued. The prospect of a Half-Life or Portal film has me pensively excited.

However, I'm inclined to believe that it's more likely Abrams is going to collaborate on a game project instead. Given Valves inclusion of that Super 8 promo-level in Portal 2, it's apparent they've collabed previously, so Abrams wanting to come back and work on a full-fledged project isn't too much of a stretch.

Either way, I look forward to what comes of this.

Casual Shinji:
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.

Dear God...are you trying to kill everyone?

Not even taking into account the inevitable hate-gasms people are going to have; either towards Abrams and his related materials or Newell and his related materials; if we take a shot at every lens flare joke, people will be dead of alcohol poisoning by page 2 or 3.

I cannot, for the life of me, see a positive and enlightning product come out of this.
As much as I enjoy some of the work that JJ Abrams does, he should stop putting his hand in every single cookie jar out there.

While many enjoyed his version of Star Trek, I think he strayed from the important parts and has turned the direction of the IP to mass-pleasing instead of thought provoking.

I think he's perfect for Star Wars, maybe because I don't particularly enjoy Star Wars as anything but rudimentary entertainment(And let's be honest here, while Star Wars is cooler, Star Trek is smarter).

I find it highly ironic that JJ Abrams thinks players take the story in a wrong direction, when it's a subjective experience and he's shown that he's not always capable of staying in the right direction himself.
Take Fringe, for example. Great show, it keeps you interested, has good characters and interesting premises, but they are all without any deeper meaning or introspection, there's nothing to be gained from it, other than a passing chuckle.

This, is in my opinion, perfect for Star Wars, because we want good characters, a vibrant setting and good action scenes.
If you want the real dark side of the force, you'll stick to the comics and books, even the games.

But it's so opposite what you need for the premise of Portal or Half-Life, that someone needs to pull the emergency brake.

I'd give Joss Whedon a chance, but I'd prefer new blood on this and rather take that risk.

i think im going to have to revert to my 12 year old hate filled internet self on this one, and try to destroy abrahms life. Since he seems so intent on fucking with the things i love it only seems fail.

Atm i have a migrane and the idea of Portal a game that takes place mostly in white brightly lit rooms plus JJ Abrams lens flare makes me wanna bury my head in a ice bucket.

Ah cool, I can have an apathetically done film that has the writing quality of a generic run-of-the-mill action film like The Expendables. I've always wanted an apathetic video game film, as opposed to terrible ones.

rhizhim:
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.

WAITWAITWAIT - This guy really made a movie called MORNING GLORY ?????? REALL?????

DP

trty00:

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?

That I do. I'm just really getting tired of the J.J hate going around. I know I likely sound like a fanboy, I'm not. I guess I'm just being uber optimistic about this.

Valve, WHY!? WHY!? I like your games and all but this is the worse fucking idea you have to date. It can only be beaten by Uwe Boll but that's besides the point, this is just a bad idea. The plot is nothing if not even close to cinematic, it requires interaction and that is seriously what movies are not. Just stop, let it fall by the wayside of the terrible Starwars movies to come and hopefully it will be forgotten.

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.

Did you mean "and in the lens flare Blind them"?
I wish People like Abrams and Micheal Bay (I'm not saying they're equally awful) would just leave my favourite things alone.

Star Trek then Star wars now portal no one man should have so much POWER D:

BloodRed Pixel:

rhizhim:
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.

WAITWAITWAIT - This guy really made a movie called MORNING GLORY ?????? REALL?????

yes,


and harrison ford and jeff goldblum are in it. also rachel mcadams.

maybe we are all wrong and he can make a good star trek/whatever sequel after all..

MacNille:
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.

Since two hundred and nine? You should get to a scientist so we can learn the secrets of your longevity!

On to the topic. Please, please, please let this be Gabe trolling again. Valve is better than this and even though Portal is incredibly popular, game movies aren't. Although if Abrams makes the film at least we won't actually be able to see anything.

Portal should be a cgi movie, i think it would work better with the humour....i may be wrong. Half life film would suck, the setting and atmosphere would be awesome but the aliens (head crabs) are to hilarious to put on team, what they gonna do? Order 50 turkeys, stick them on stuntmans head and send them to the movie set. lol

JJ is only on this because of Star Wars, if he makes that movie early then these movies may happen. But i doubt they will, not by him anyway. Neil Blomkapm (District 9) would be far better director for Halflife. An Valve could make there own CGI movie for portal....they make cgi cutscences etc in their games so should just invest in that.

CriticalMiss:

MacNille:
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.

Since two hundred and nine? You should get to a scientist so we can learn the secrets of your longevity!

On to the topic. Please, please, please let this be Gabe trolling again. Valve is better than this and even though Portal is incredibly popular, game movies aren't. Although if Abrams makes the film at least we won't actually be able to see anything.

Dammit! You discover my secret! yes, I am an immortal! There can be only one!

Star Trek, Star Wars, and now Portal!? For heaven's sake, stop giving all our beloved franchises over to this one guy!

What is driving this man to spearhead so much of Nerd Culture's sacred cows? Why him? I mean he's a competent film maker and all, but i just don't see the passion i would from other directors given the subject matter. Enough is Enough though, Why does he get the keys to three of our most beloved franchises?

Let someone else do the job JJ, let someone else do it, please.

uchytjes:

Akichi Daikashima:
A:JJ is incapable of transferring any feelings into any of his movies, even Super 8, where the opportunity to prove himself as a director was glaring right before him, and Half-life isn't so old that it needs modernization; the story has a unique vibe to it that when removed, would make the story rather bland and uninteresting, leaving only the unique gameplay, and as we all know, gameplay is the hardest thing to transfer onto cinema.

B:THAT could work, but again, you'd need to keep consistent with the theme, otherwise it's a spinoff, and the only "good" vg-movies that worked with that kind of approach were the Resident Evil movies, but they work because of their slightly schlocky/bad movie feel.

To quote Yahtzee:

"A game(in this case movie, but I believe that it still applies) that fails due to over-ambition is still better than a game that fails because its beep-boop committee designed sludge coughed out by a corporation staffed by robots(in this case J.J. Abrams)"

To counter your points:

A: Wasn't Super 8 a nostalgic tribute to old Speilberg movies like E.T.? (I never watched it, so I'm going off of what I remember from Movie Bob's review) So wouldn't it be pretty likely that because of his feelings from the past he fumbled while trying to emulate it? I don't know, I could be wrong about that.

B: Well, if either of these movies (portal or half-life) were to be made, they would most CERTAINLY need to focus on something that barely touches the original story of the games. For portal I would like to see an Sci-fi action movie about Aperture's collapse at the hands of GlaDOS. For half-life, however, I don't know of any approach they could make.

Either way, the movies should NOT be about anything having to do with the main stories of either game. The best videogame movies always seem to be far removed from any plot in the games.

Also, on a tangentially related topic: What if the portal movie was an interactive puzzle where the entire audience had to cooperate to finish each puzzle? That would be an interesting experiment.

It would be, but it would also be unprofitable and unlikely.

Also trolololing will be too easy for trolls.

RyQ_TMC:
That means either a movie based on a puzzle game with subtle cues for player to piece the story together, or a very definitely non-silent Gordon Freeman.

You know they would write him to throw one-liners at a rate of five every minute.

You know they would.

That could actually be pretty awesome, especially if they got the guy who made THESE to write Gordon's dialog:

Requisite "make HL3 before blah blah next project" comment. God, it's sad, I want it to happen, but even I am tired of beating this dead horse...

Sixcess:

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.

Free to explore vast swaths of terrain? No.
Free to explore through all of the hidden details that tell the stories and backgrounds of the events and settings you're being lead through? Oh hell yes.

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