J.J. Abrams and Valve to work on films and video games together

By Daniel S Levine,

J.J. Abrams is already working on Star Wars, Star Trek and new television pilots. There can’t possibly be anything else he’d like to work on, right?

Wrong. Valve Corporation is going to work with Abrams’ Bad Robot on new games and movies based on Valve’s previous hits, Half-Life and Portal.

On the first day of the Design Innovate Communicate Entertain Summit (D.I.C.E.) in Las Vegas, Abrams and Valve’s Gabe Newell held a discussion that started with the two talking about the future of the video game industry, notes Digital Trends.

Towards the end, Newell dropped a hint that this was more than just a chat. “We decided that we need to do more than talk,” he said.

Polygon reports that Abrams added, “There's an idea we have for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on.”

“We're super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie,” Newell explained.

They gave no other details about their plans, but during the talk, they continued to praise each others’ companies’ work. “I love the experience of playing your games,” Abrams said.

Newell, who co-founded Valve, mentioned a scene in Cloverfield, which he called “one of my favorite moments in any of your movies.”

Digital Trends notes that Valve has expressed interest in film in the past, while Bad Robot is just starting to get into video games. It is working on Namco Bandai’s Star Trek game with Digital Extremes. That game will be considered a part of Abrams’ new Star Trek franchise, which continues with the May release of Star Trek Into Darkness.



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