Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams confirmed that The Half-Life and Portal movies are still in development, and have writers assigned to them.
Abrams along with Gabe Newell, head of game developer Valve, had first announced that they were interested in working together to develop the movie adaptions of the video games in 2013.
Newell had revealed about Portal and Half-Life movie during the DICE keynote talk then saying that they were ?recapitulating a series of conversations going on? and that the two had ?reached the point that we decided to do more than talk.?
Abrams chimed in, saying, ?There?s an idea we have for a game that we?d like to work with Valve on,? before Newell added that they are ?super excited about that and we?re going to figure out if we can make a Portal movie or Half-Life movie together.?
There were no new updates about those movies since three years. However, during the promotion of his upcoming 10 Cloverfield Lane, when IGN asked filmmaker Abrams if he had any updates on the two movies, he replied, ?Not yet, but they?re in development. And we?ve got writers, and we?re working on both those stories. But nothing that would be an exciting update.?
That was a pretty much vague answer and other than the fact that the movies are being written we know little for sure. So whether these movies would actually be developed still needs to be seen.
Those who don?t know Half-Life, it is a first-person shooter game that is centered around scientist Gordon Freeman, who accidentally unleashes monstrosities in the Anomalous Materials Laboratory during what seemed to be a routine examination of a crystalline substance.
Portal, on the other hand, is set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, where players complete challenges by opening portals, moving objects, and playing with space.
What interesting though is 10 Cloverfield Lane?s director Dan Trachtenberg had released a fan inspired short movie Portal: No Escape in 2011.
This year though seems like a great for gaming fans as movies based on video game continue to pick steam as Duncan Jones? Warcraft movie and the Michael Fassbender-led Assassin’s Creed are slated for release later in 2016. Also announced was adaptations of the award-winning The Last of Us as well as a new Tomb Raider reboot shaping up.