Gabe Newell and J.J. Abrams want to collaborate on films, games

Valve and J.J. Abrams' studio Bad Robot want to make beautiful interactive narratives together. Gabe Newell and Abrams revealed in their D.I.C.E. summit opening keynote that the two studios have been in talks to adapt Half-Life and Portal for the silver screen, and to collaborate on a video game, Kotaku reports.

"We're going to find out if there's a way we can work with you on a Portal and Half-Life movie," Newell said. We can't imagine he'd just toss that out there without significant discussion beforehand.

Talk of the game was equally casual, with Abrams saying Bad Robot has an idea for a game it would like to collaborate with Valve on. Note that this wouldn't be the first time the two worked together--remember that odd little "interactive trailer" for Abrams' Super 8 that shipped as an extra with Portal 2?

When the two weren't busy dropping hints about potential collaborations, they discussed the differing strengths of films and games as storytelling mediums.

Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.