Hi, Bryan Here….
J.J. Abrams has just teamed up with video game company, Valve to develop future projects based on their video games. Abrams’ production banner, Bad Robot will help develop these projects, which is to start fairly soon. Valve is known mostly for their games, ‘Half-Life‘, ‘Portal‘, and ‘Left 4 Dead‘. And not only will they develop films together, but also new video games. I’m calling a future ‘Star Trek‘ or ‘Star Wars‘ game for Valve in the coming years.
“There’s an idea we have for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on,” said Abrams while sharing the stage with Valve head Gabe Newell at the Dice Summit. “We’re going to figure out if we can make a ‘Portal’ movie or ‘Half-Life‘ movie together,” Newell said. “Players are often asked to imprint themselves or relate to insanely mute empty vessels,” Abrams said, playing a clip from Valve’s ‘Half-Life‘ that showed its mute protagonist Gordon Freeman.
“Movies let you experience moments that you might not think are the point, but really are everything,” Abrams said, pointing to the early introduction of compressed air canisters in the opening scenes of the movie ‘Jaws‘, which initially seem unimportant but prove consequential to the film’s ending. Newell pointed out that the “take your child to work” scene in ‘Portal 2‘ accomplished the same thing, setting up important plot points in a way that made them initially seem like humorous throwaways, according to Wired.
No word yet on a ‘Left 4 Dead‘ film, but if I have anything to say about it, that would be numero uno on the production schedule. Either that or a part 3 to that zombie epic. And I’m curious if Valve will get first pick at any of Abrams’ films to adapt to video game form. I hope so. Abrams is a busy man these days, helming both ‘Star Trek‘ and ‘Star Wars‘, and now this. I can’t wait to see what happens next.