Portal Movie Revealed to be In Active Development
Movie adaptations of video games are a hot topic in the gaming community, with many fans being unoptimistic with how adaptions of their favorite title shave turned out in recent years. Many gamers will cite films like the 1993 Super Mario Bros. Film which was an extreme failure in the box office. Some would also point out films like Mortal Kombat Annihilation, or The Many Uwe Boll game adaptions. Although a small light at the end of the tunnel may appear for videogame films, as the Sonic the Hedgehog movie was extremely well received, and Netflix’s efforts into the videogame adaption industry have proved to be more respected to the source material. Although, a new game is going to enter the fray, as it seems like Portal is going to be getting a movie adaptation. While it was announced in 2013, no word of the FPS puzzle game’s movie counterpart was revealed to the public, until recently.
The Portal Movie’s Status
While Hollywood is attempting to appeal to the gamer market of this generation by continuing to adapt games and opting to stray away from the look of the game. Opting to cast actors who may sound good on paper, but don’t fit the bill when shown to an audience, it’s up to independent creators to take the reigns and show Hollywood how it’s done. Consider Uncharted for example, Hollywood has cast Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, with Mark Wahlberg playing a younger version of Sully. While the casting seems fine when a screenshot of the film was shown fans of the series were quick to point out that the wardrobe for the actors didn’t look anywhere near the way the characters looked in-game. As Uncharted had had multiple flashback sections in the series, showing not only a younger Nathan but a Younger Sully as well. The start of production on the movie was after the finale of the series, and the third entry in Uncharted also held a flashback showing both characters in their earlier years. Meaning that the studio behind the film had no excuse to not attempt to follow the source material. A Fan by the name of Alan Ungar was able to recapture the intense action and cutscenes of the game with a fan film where Nathan Fillion plays the role of the titular treasure hunter.
However, the upcoming portal movie is going to have a lot more trials and tribulations following its announcement that the game series is still going to arrive on the silver screen. In a recent press event with J.J. Abrahams, when asked about both the rumored Portal Film, as well as the Half-Life Film he was supposedly directing he had revealed that he was no longer attached to the Half-Life Project. However, he spoke about the status of the portal film. “We actually do have a script that’s being written for the Portal movie now at Warner Bros. We’re really excited about the take and the pitch, so it feels like that thing’s finally on the rails.”
How Will A Portal Movie Pan Out?
With a movie adaptation of Portal, many fans question what is going to come of this, as Portal spans 2 games telling the tale of Chell, an Aperture Science test subject undergoing trials and puzzles given to her by the rogue AI known as GLaDOS. Armed with the Aperture Science Portal Gun, Chell makes her way through the many tests and ultimately defeats GLaDOS in the end of the first game. Portal 2 sees her teaming up with a Personality Core, Wheatley, and attempting to make her escape a second time, only to be forced to Team up with GLaDOS, and uncover the future of Aperture Science, as well as the history of the woman who became the Rouge AI.
With both of these stories in mind, it’s possible that Warner Bros. is going to attempt to mix both of the games together, as the first game does not include much way of a story, and portal 2 is a more focused on showing off the world of Aperture Science. However, the main protagonist of the series much like her counterpart from Half-Life, doesn’t speak once during the game. Meaning that a companion character for her would be required to talk for her, or Chell would have to be given a voice of her own.
Regardless of the speculation on what could come of the portal film, what is certain is fans should be cautious of what could become of Portal under the Warner Bros. Umbrella, as many of Hollywood’s attempts at film adaptions have been panned by fans and critic’s alike.