The director appeared at the 2013 DICE convention with Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, where he spoke about the video game adaptations and a video game idea that he wants Valve to work on. Here's what Gabe Newell had to say at the convention.
"We're super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie."
The Half-Life game was first released in 1998, which follows theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman, who opens a gateway between his New Mexico laboratory and another world known as Xen, which is inhabited by terrifying monsters. Portal, which debuted in 2007, is a spin-off of Half-Life, that follows a test subject tasked with finding a rival company's device that can open portals into space.
When asked to clarify Gabe Newell's comments, J.J. Abrams revealed that the projects are still in the very early stages.
"It's as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets. Which is that we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very interesting ideas. And both a Portal and Half-Life movie are things I want to see. We're also aware of the cautionary tales of movies that became games and vice versa. Our goal here is to treat the world Valve has created in both these properties like anyone would a book or some great story that comes from a pitch or original script - just to treat it with the respect they treat their games and their players with."
With no screenwriter on board yet, it could be several years before either of these movies come to fruition.