J.J. Abrams, the director of the new Star Trek series, has gone on record: Half-Life and Portal movies are in development. Reports can be found online confirming the claim.
Of course with this announcement, there are concerns being that there are multiple video game movie adaptations that have been complete flops. Doom ranked at 21, Hitman came in 17th, Prince of Persia came in 3rd place, and Resident Evil… Well, Resident Evil you could argue had the most Hollywood success ranked at 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, and 16th – that’s all of them, to date. The only movie that looked extremely successful was Warcraft but was only ranked 10th. Blizzard would not allow their bread and butter burn in a vat of crispy hell – at least not until Cataclysm gets done; Then, crisp away! Number one on the statistics says that Tomb Raider wins the war.
Half-Life features a protagonist that doesn’t speak, kills creatures, and solves puzzles. The game had scripted sequences and cut-scenes to tell the story because the gaming industry had just started using that as a narrative tool. The original objective of the game was to scare the audience like Doom did, another notable game of its time.
It’ll be interesting to see how to movie projects develop, but the announcement has been hit with hesitation and doubt. Hardcore Star Trek fans aren’t all happy with Abram’s interpretation of the universe, and have cast doubt on future endeavors. There is good news: the writer for the film is very familiar with the universe of both franchises. Hopefully, this will translate well on screen, but until it then, the audience will have to wait – or perhaps hope for the best.
The idea that both these games are going to feature film is bothersome due to the historical track record. Having J.J. Abrams as the director certainly gives the audience pause because he has some large shoes to fill. It will be a challenging task.