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February 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Valve floats Half-Life, Portal movie plans with J.J. Abrams

It’s one thing for a game company to say they’d like to see movies based on their hit franchises.

It’s another thing altogether when Valve boss Gabe Newell and sci-fi producer and director du jour J.J. Abrams publicly start hashing out a plan for movies based on the Valve hits “Half-Life” and “Portal.”

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That’s what just happened this morning at the DICE conference in Las Vegas, according to a report by Kotaku.

After speaking together on a panel, Abrams told Newell that he’d like to work with Bellevue-based Valve on a game, according to the report. Then Newell replied that “We’re going to find out of there’s a way we can work with you on a ‘Portal’ and ‘Half-Life’ movie.”

Abrams later provided more details to game site Polygon, saying movies based on the games are in the “early stages” but are “things I want to see.”

“It’s as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets,” the “Star Trek” director told Polygon.

You no longer have to schmooze at Malibu cocktail parties to get the ball rolling, apparently.

Valve can afford to bankroll a movie production itself, after it finishes building the next “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” games for Abrams.

Here’s a video of the presentation:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=PeYxKIDGh8I%3Frel%3D0

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