JJ Abrams' film adaptation of Portal is still in "active development" at Warner Bros., said director IGN rather today.
The film Word on a Portal and Half-Life first came out in 2013, as it turned out that Abrams had been talking to Valve boss Gabe Newell about a possible adaptation. Save a few small ads, we've heard very little from either project.
Speaking at a press conference for the 4K release of Super 8 (a film that was given a playable teaser on Portal 2), Abrams told IGN that the Portal project is still on track, though don’t expect it to be completed soon.
"Actually, we have a script that's being written for the movie Portal Now in (Warner Bros.)," Abrams said. "We're very excited about the dam and the playing field, so it looks like this is finally happening in the lanes."
Unfortunately, the Half-Life adaptation doesn't seem to have been as successful. Abrams notes that his producer Bad Robot is “not actively involved” with this project at this time. It’s also very early for the Portal film: no director or casting has been announced, and Abrams wasn’t ready to divulge who wrote the script that is giving rise to WB.
Adapting Portal’s first-person bewilderment largely into a feature film also seems like a challenge. But it’s a challenge that Abrams is excited about, with so many ways to get into parts of the Portal universe that games could only hint at.
"It has huge potential for many reasons, one of which is because of the limited narrative of the game, as ingeniously explained as it is, its potential is so huge. It will be a lot of fun."