There's new hope that we could see a real official Half-Life or Portal feature film in theaters. That's due to today's reveal, during the annual DICE Summit, that movie writer-director J.J. Abrams and Valve founder Gabe Newell have begun discussing projects that Valve and Abrams' company Bad Robot could do together.
Polygon reports that, according to Abrams, "There's an idea we have for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on." Newell added that they would like to work with Bad Robot on a Half-Life or Portal film. Abrams later added, " ... we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very interesting ideas."
In fact, Bad Robot and Valve worked on a small collaboration in the past. People who bought Portal 2 in 2011 got a bit of a surprise when they spotted a "Super 8" section in the menu which then took them to a brief in-game experience based on the film that was written and directed by Abrams. The game featured the player inside the train containing the alien creature featured in Super 8. The player experiences the wreck of the train shown in the movie version.
It's likely that any movie or game projects from Bad Robot and Valve are still in the early stages and we won't hear anything concrete for some time. Indeed, Abrams already has a full plate of movie projects, which include Star Trek: Into Darkness, which hits theaters in May, and the upcoming "Episode VII" Star Wars installment.