Star Wars Director's Half-Life, Portal Movies Still Coming

"We've got writers, and we're working on both those stories."


The Half-Life and Portal movies that Star Wars director JJ Abrams and Valve boss Gabe Newell first announced in 2013 are still in the works--but it doesn't sound like they are coming anytime soon. As part of an appearance promoting 10 Cloverfield Lane, IGN asked Abrams if he had any update on either film. He said it's too early to talk specifics, though he did reveal that both projects have writers attached to them.

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"Not yet, but they're in development," he said. "And we've got writers, and we're working on both those stories. But nothing that would be an exciting update."

As stated, the movies were announced in 2013, during the DICE Summit that year. Since then, we have not heard much at all, perhaps no surprise, given Abrams has been busy with a certain sci-fi series...

As IGN points out, 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg made a name for himself with a short film about Portal called Portal: No Escape. But there is no concrete evidence yet that he's working on Abrams' Portal movie.

Abrams and Newell have also discussed working together on a video game, though nothing has been announced. For his part, Abrams and his Bad Robot studio are working on Spyjinx, an action-strategy game launching in 2016 for PC and mobile devices. His team is collaborating with Infinity Blade and Shadow Complex developer Chair Entertainment on the brand new game.

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