Lots of video game movie news this week.
In an interview with IGN during the promotion of 10 Cloverfield Lane producer J.J. Abrams spoke briefly on the development of these two live action adaptations of the popular Valve video game franchises. When asked if there was any sort of update he could give on the projects he had this to say:
“Not yet, but they’re in development, and we’ve got writers, and we’re working on both those stories. But nothing that would be an exciting update.”
While it isn’t much, at the very least J.J. has confirmed that the movies are still happening. This is the first solid update since DICE 2013 when it was first announced that Abrams and Valve founder Gabe Newell were interested in working together to bring Half-Life and Portal to the big screen.
Interestingly enough, 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg rose to prominence with his fan film Portal: No Escape. While it has no real bearing on this news story, I still thought it was an interesting coincidence, check it out below:
Honestly I think this falls in line with what I said about a potential Fallout movie, and it’s all dependent on the success of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed (and Ratchet and Clank, which I neglected to mention). If those properties are commercial and critical successes, then I foresee an explosion of video game adaptations to be greenlit and/or show significant progress in their development. I think we’re standing at the precipice of video game adaptations, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it goes.