The Current Status of JJ Abrams’ Long-Gestating ‘Portal’ Movie
The planned Bad Robot movie adaptation of Portal has been in development for years, with most of us assuming that the project was doomed to fade away; a forgotten memory of development hell. But if the existence of the upcoming Uncharted movie has taught us anything, it’s that even the most lost souls can escape from the plunges of development hell. This is my long-winded way of saying that Portal is back on.
In a recent interview with IGN, producer JJ Abrams confirmed that Portal is not only in the works, but we might see it sooner rather than later. Meetings have been had, a story is in the works, and everything is shaping up well. “We actually do have a script that’s being written for the Portal movie now at [Warner Bros.]. We’re really excited about the take and the pitch, so it feels like that thing’s finally on the rails.”
Abrams and Valve founder Gabe Newell announced the Portal movie back in 2013, so it goes without saying that it’s taken a minute to get this project off the ground. Of course, Abrams has been a busy fella since then, directing Star Wars movies and establishing the Bad Robot company as a Hollywood force. Now that he has more sway and influence, it’ll be interesting to see if Portal materialises without any more hiccups.
Abrams didn’t reveal any of the names attached to the production, but one antagonist from the games could make an appearance. As Engadget pointed out, Abrams acknowledged that fans want JK Simmons to reprise his role as Cave Johnson in a live-action remake. He didn’t seem opposed to the idea.
The bad news? Don’t expect to see a Half-Life movie any time soon. That project was also announced when Portal initially came to fruition, but Bad Robot is no longer actively involved. Still, Portal is good enough for now, right?
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