The Fallout video games franchise began back in 1997 and since its inception, has changed hands quite a few times and has been part of ten games in the series. So, when Amazon announced recently that a live-action Fallout series was in the works, fans hit the roof with excitement as they realized the vast amount of material the show’s creators would have at their disposal.
FALLOUT SERIES PROMOTION
Bethesda put together a short teaser for Amazon’s new Fallout series. You can see it below.
Fallout was first created by Interplay Entertainment and was set in post-apocalyptic times. The idea for Fallout came from Interplays 1988 title Wasteland. They wanted to continue on with the Wasteland setting but the publisher of Wasteland, Electronic Arts, wouldn’t give them the rights back. So Interplay took it in a different direction. Hence, Fallout.
It was a hit, as evidenced by the nine titles that followed. They include Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, Fallout Shelter, Fallout Pinball, and Fallout 76. As you can see, producers of the TV series do have a lot of material to mine from.
THE PEOPLE MAKING AMAZON’S FALLOUT SERIES
This new Amazon Fallout series is being created by the married duo of Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan. If those names sound familiar, they are also the duo behind HBO’s hit series Westworld and of course, Nolan is the brother to writer/director Christopher Nolan.
Money talks and the team is moving on from (but not away) from Westworld as they have inked a nine-figure deal with Amazon that will run for five years. Nine figures! Yep, that would make anyone consider a move. But what is strange about this deal is that Amazon is allowing the pair to continue overseeing Westworld as they are working on the Fallout series. In fact, the duo is to remain with Westworld for another three seasons, providing the series continues to carry on that long.
Both Joy and Nolan released a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter, concerning their new deal, “We are incredibly excited to begin this new adventure with Amazon Studios,” Nolan and Joy said. “Jennifer Salke’s vision for the future of our business is bold and forward-thinking, and she’s assembled a brilliant creative team to execute it. We can’t wait to dive in to make some batshit crazy television together. And we’re thrilled to continue our collaboration with our friends and partners at Warner Bros. and HBO on Westworld, [Amazon’s] The Peripheral and more for seasons to come.”
Nolan, Joy, and Amazon aren’t the only ones involved with bringing the Fallout series to the small screen. Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks also have a stake in it. They are the video game makers (they own the rights) behind the current Fallout franchise.
EVERYTHING ELSE WE KNOW
So far, the only details are we have were listed above. Amazon has not found a director or writer nor have they started casting for the Fallout series. But Amazon COO and Co-Head of Television Albert Cheng had this to say about the upcoming show, “Fallout is an iconic global franchise, with legions of fans worldwide and a rich, deeply compelling storyline that powers it. And Jonah and Lisa are the perfect storytellers to bring this series to life. We’re thrilled to join with Bethesda to bring Fallout to television.”
Todd Howard from Bethesda Game Studios echoed Cheng’s comments, “Over the last decade, we looked at many ways to bring Fallout to the screen,” Howard told THR. “But it was clear from the moment I first spoke with Jonah and Lisa a few years ago, that they and the team at Kilter were the ones to do it right. We’re enormous fans of their work and couldn’t be more excited to work with them and Amazon Studios.”
With all the material Nolan and Joy have to mine from, it will be interesting to see what direction they take with the Fallout series. As more information develops, GSR will be sure to keep you updated.