It has been a few years since game developer Valve announced a partnership with legendary storyteller J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot to bring the video game “Portal” to the cinematic universe. With all the hype recently surrounding other attempts to bridge the game gap, including WARCRAFT, ASSASSIN’S CREED, MINECRAFT, and even TETRIS, some people may have even forgotten that the PORTAL film was even a thing.
While speaking to IGN on the red carpet for HBO’s “Westworld,” for which Abrams serves as executive producer, he gave an update and a slight tease of an announcement about the still-in- development film. While talking about meetings to be held with Valve the next week, Abrams said:
“We are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom…once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things. As someone who loves playing Half Life and Portal, what’s the movie of this, it’s incredible when you talk to someone who just ‘gets’ it, it’s like, oh my god, it’s really the seed for this incredible tree you’re growing.”
In the “Portal” game series, players take on the persona of Chell, someone trapped in the expansive Aperture Science Laboratories, aided by an artificial intelligence known as GLaDOS. Using a device known as the “portal gun,” she must navigate through increasingly difficult puzzles in an attempt to escape the lab, discover who she really is, and reveal the true motivations of those who have taken her.
No details have been revealed yet as far as the film’s plot and how it will tie into the video games or who will star in the film. J.J. Abrams has also said that they will develop another Valve game “Half-Life,” of which the “Portal” games are loosely connected.
Again, no indication of if or how they will tie together in the cinematic universe. A fan film by Dan Trachtenberg came out in 2011 and gave us our first look at what a live action PORTAL could look like and proved that the possibilities are endless.
We’ll be keeping our cake and portal guns at the ready for more announcements in the future.