Is J.J. Abrams Our Last Hope For Half-Life 3?

There’s no shying away from it. All hope gamers had for Valve topping off their critically acclaimed hit franchise Half-Life is dissipating further and further from our game controlled grasps as the years head on. Conspires and far-fetched “confirmations” have spread across the web like a desires that never fully goes away. Nevertheless with all the controversy and a seemingly pit of despair surrounding the third and final installment is there still hope that fans will be able to get the end of this over due tale?

Fortunately, there might actually be some hope for broken hearted Half-Life fans yet. Director of various major sci-fi series, J.J Abrams and Valve boss Gabe Newell had announced back in 2013 that they planned on taking the Half-Life series and Portal and giving them the glamorous Hollywood treatment. Although, much like the games, these projects seem to be taking their sweet time. With over two years already gone by with no headway has really been made.



However, Abrams insists that these two films are still in the works. “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,” Abrams said in an interview with IGN. Thus, reverting Half-Life fans back to the all to familiar sting of cold shoulder heart break with a single quite. Nevertheless, hope is not lost, Abrams has said, “We’ve got writers, and we’re working on both those stories.” To his defense, he has been a very busy man for the past few years which probably leaves him little to no time to work on these two passion projects.

Yet, if the Half-Life film ever gets off the back burner of development hell, it could be the push Valve needs to start focusing and working on the game once again and even if that seems like implausibility, a second place prize could still be won. If the Half-Life film gets off the ground and into theaters, there’s a strong possibility for a trilogy to be created. Even if the films take place outside of Gordon Freeman and his storyline, there is still a glimmer of hope that a reference to him, Alyx, and maybe even Judith along with their fates. Honestly at this point well take anything.


With news that the films not only have writers but are still in development, we can only hope that eventually, before we’re all long dead and gone, something will come out of this to tie-up those lose ends. For example, the dying question of who is G-man exactly, who are his “employers” and what is there true role? Even with Marc Laidlaw, the lead of the Half-Life series and story, out of the picture I’m for one more than hopeful that the continuation whither it be a direct one or one with completely new stories and characters, the future of the franchise is safer in Mr. Abrams’ capable hands.