Valve Corporation‘s first-person puzzle platformer Portal is one of the most enduringly popular video games of the past decade. By controlling the protagonist Chell as she creates portals thta help her soft puzzles to get away from the taunts of the nefarious AI, GLaDOS, players explore the unique world of Aperture Science in pursuit of promised yet elusive cake. Consistently well loved for both its dark cyberpunk plot and distinct physics, fans have been begging for the game to be recreated on the silver screen for a long time now.
And they haven’t necessarily been let down. In fact, there have been rumours of plans for a Portal movie for quite some time. There just hasn’t been a lot of news about it other than that.Which is a particucular shame given the number of video games that are comparatively undeserving that have been given their own movies. Think about much better a Portal movie would have been than, say, last year’s Pixels.
At the recent world premiere of Westworld, J J Abrams was asked about how things were coming along with the Portal and Half-Life movies. He assured fans that both were still in development and hinted that he’d have more to share about Portal in particular “fairly soon”.
He went on to elaborate, in language that bordered on the fanboyesque,
“We are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom…once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things. As someone who loves playing Half Life and Portal, what’s the movie of this, it’s incredible when you talk to someone who just ‘gets’ it, it’s like, oh my god, it’s really the seed for this incredible tree you’re growing.”
So how much the script will follow the game’s established storyline remains a mystery – whether or not a real life, flesh and blood human will step in Chell’s shoes – though it has to be promising that the people involved in the project are genuinely excited about the original games.