Portal

Feb. 07, 2013 | 5:08 p.m.

J.J. Abrams and Valve talk ‘Portal,’ ‘Half Life’ movies

Producer and director J.J. Abrams, left, greets Valve president and co-founder Gabe Newell before a keynote discussion at the D.I.C.E. Summit, Wednesday. (Julie Jacobson/AP Photo)
Are you ready for “Portal,” the movie? J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot Productions will collaborate with Valve Software to develop the games “Half-Life” and “Portal” into movies, Abrams and Valve Software CEO Gabe Newell announced this week. The announcement came Wednesday during a joint keynote talk by Abrams and Newell  at the D.I.C.E Summit, an annual gathering sponsored by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Photos: Video game film adaptations The two also said their companies would work together to develop games, Wired reports. So far details are skimpy on what a “Portal” or “Half-Life” movie would look like, and it may be a while before we find out. Abrams’ film “Star Trek Into Darkness,” is due in theaters May 17, and he was recently tapped to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII,”  the next installment in the landmark […]
Sept. 01, 2011 | 12:36 p.m.

Dan Trachtenberg’s ‘Portal’ catches gamer love, Hollywood buzz

A scene from "Portal: No Escape." (Dan Trachtenberg)
Video game fans love to debate whether their favorite game could be turned into a movie, but Dan Trachtenberg went out and did it. The 30-year-old commercial director and aspiring feature filmmaker made “Portal: No Escape,” a seven-minute movie inspired by the critically acclaimed video game series from Valve Software that features a woman trapped in test chambers that she must escape using a gun that can create entries and exits on any surface. (While Valve was not approached before the shoot, the company has posted the video on its Facebook page). Trachtenberg shot the movie a year and a half ago for just a few thousand dollars (plus an invaluable amount of free labor) and finished the effects a few weeks ago. The final version hit the Internet last Tuesday and has already racked up more than 5.7 million views on YouTube alone […]
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