Star Trek‘s J.J. Abrams and Valve Corp President and Co-Founder Gabe Newell hope to adapt the Half-Life and Portal games into movies.
The duo announced their plans at the D.I.C.E. conference recently held in Las Vegas.
“In many cases, games are better at telling stories than movies,” said Abrams, “with gamers involved in steering the action, rather than acting as a passive viewer.”
For example, explained Abrams, Portal‘s “slow reveal of its characters and plot” is an innovative way to “build a mystery.” “You start Portal with no idea why you’re there. The whole game is about figuring out the mystery and what’s going on. The more you play, the more you learn, the more you felt.”
The Half-Life and Portal projects are in early development through Abrams’ Bad Robot and Newell’s Valve.