Star Wars Director's Portal Movie Could be Announced Soon

JJ Abrams will meet with Valve next week.


Earlier this year, Star Wars director JJ Abrams confirmed that the Portal and Half-Life movies are still on the way, despite the fact that not much has been said about them. Now, he's reiterated that's the case and also teased that the Portal movie may be announced soon.

"We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve; we're very active," Abrams told IGN. "I'm hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon."

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"Soon" is open to interpretation, and an announcement would likely be well in advance of the movie's release. We don't know who will direct or star in the movie, while a release date is also unknown.

IGN also asked Abrams if the Portal and Half-Life films would be continuations of the stories told in the games, but he declined to give anything away. However, he said he's happy with the way discussions are going with writers on the project, though these people have not been named.

"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," he said. "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.'"

The Portal and Half-Life movies were announced in 2013, during the DICE Summit that year.

Abrams and Valve boss Gabe 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.

The next major video game movie is Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender and based on the Ubisoft franchise. It opens in theaters on December 21.

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