Blockbuster sci-fi filmmaker J.J. Abrams, and gaming industry tycoon Gabe Newell have been friends for some time now, and want to take their [professional] relationship further. The two shared the stage, some love, and plans at the 2013 DICE (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) summit. Addressing a packed house in 'Vegas, the two talked at lengths about storytelling, how it transcended books to film, and is now on the verge of transcending film to interactive media such as video games.
In their keynote conversation entitled "Storytelling Across Platforms: who benefits most, the audience, or the player?" the two discussed what goes into adapting a story-line across the two platforms.
The two even announced a partnership that could see J.J. Abrams' company Bad Robot Productions adapt Valve's IP into films, and vice versa. "We're going to try and figure out if we can make a Half-Life movie or a Portal movie together," said Newell. If it clicks, one could very well expect screenplays of some of Valve's hit game titles that have been loved as much for their story-lines, as their innovations in gameplay mechanics, such as Portal and Half Life, the holy grail of PC gaming.
Although J.J. Abrams is the creative head of the Star Trek franchise, CBS has already written off gaming rights to Cryptic (Star Trek Online); and NAMCO (unnamed campaign-based game that follows Star Trek Into Dark). It would be interesting to see if the other big franchise he's been roped in by Disney to nurture, Star Wars, has anything up for Valve to grab.