Starting to become a little outdated on the news front but I thought I’d share it as well. Gabe Newell of Valve and J.J. Abrams Film Director have shared to the public that they are in the midst of creating a movie together. Now I say that loosely of course.
Valve has a tremendous record of delays on their products and have been extremely hush hush on pretty much everything they do. Take HL3/HL2:ep3 for example. I’d love to see where things ended but at this point the cliffhanger ending of Ep2 has receded and I’ve started to loose faith in the company. Granted every game they have released I personally have found fun and amazing, entertaining overall, but it’s the constant lack of knowledge they give you as a player, it’s not fun waiting in the first place.
I fear that this being another project we will have to wait longer than anything we would of expected. And if it’s anything like HL3/Ep3 we will convince ourselves that it’s just they want to get it right.
So what does the news tell us about this project? It seemed the whole thing started with Newell and Abrams discussing issues with movie/game (or vice versa) adaptations and essentially debating on why game to movies (or reverse) or the roles of main characters in games or movies don’t work in the other scenario. Things such as in a game the main character who you control is essentially (or should rather be) an empty vessel where you would immerse yourself, letting you choose what choices to make to progress in a virtual world and storyline, where in a movie it’s more linear and the main character is someone who you can relate to on some level and get to know (If this doesn’t make sense, say there’s a show/movie where you follow the story of someone and they end up getting killed, you’re going to miss that character)
So with that essential debate in place they announced that they were going to collaborate together to create two things: 1st being a video game, and 2nd being a movie. More news is about the movie. They have mentioned but not made it clear if it will be a Half-life movie or Portals movie. Technically speaking they were just making references towards two possibilities. Might be something completely different and unheard of before. I’ll be honest I’d love to see a Half-Life movie but the thought of it also scares me. If they did a Half-Life movie for the story line I feel like Marc Laidlaw would have to be apart of it. Also, if it follows any of the characters we know from the game, they would have to portray it in a sense where viewers who have never played the series would be able to watch, and those who have played the series not get bored due to lack of what we would call Half-Life action.
If they do a portals movie, it could be interesting but at the same time when you think about the base line It’s all about puzzles and a bad robot. Essentially Hal-9000 and Dave in an old folks home, not much action or entertainment value because you can’t participate in it. Go visit Grams for that. If they went forward with a portals movie I personally sense that it would in its own way ruin the whole idea behind portals.
Regardless of what path they choose I will go to the theaters and sit my ass down in a chair and hope for the best. Once again Valve hasn’t disappointed me yet in there products, just the time frame. Who knows the entire thing might just be hype and talk and nothing more. Let the future decide and hope for the best!