The Christopher Nolan Movie That Got Fallout TV Series Made

By Jason Collins | Published

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Fallout is a legendary gaming series that began in 1997, when it took the PC gaming world by storm, only to transition to console gaming in the seventh-generation home video game console era (the PS3 and Xbox 360). Following its arrival on the gaming consoles, the series really took off in popularity, giving birth to additional games. Now, the gaming series is expanding into other media formats. According to /Film, it would seem that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar made the Fallout television series possible.

The Interstellar Connection

Fallout has long been hailed as one of Bethesda’s best games ever, and when the idea for a television series started brewing at Bethesda Games, director and executive producer Todd Howard reportedly wanted to enlist the talents of Jonathan Nolan. The reason behind Howard’s decision stems from the fact that the recently released and massively popular Starfield game is heavily influenced by Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which was co-written by Christopher and his brother Jonathan Nolan.

Interstellar’s Influence On Starfield


For those who aren’t aware of the latest and greatest in gaming, Starfield is Bethesda’s first new intellectual property in the last 25 years and has been in development since as early as 1994. The game was recently brought up in the Microsoft × FTC trial regarding the now-complete acquisition, and it has received generally favorable reviews from critics, with scores well above 80%. According to Howard, the game’s design was heavily influenced by Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, prompting Bethesda to hire Jonathan to develop Fallout.

Christopher And Jonathan Nolan Collaborations

This isn’t all that surprising, actually, since Christopher Nolan and his brother often collaborate on numerous projects together, including Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and the aforementioned Interstellar, all of which were directed by Christopher Nolan. Upon agreeing to develop the Fallout series, Jonathan Nolan bought the rights for the show, along with his wife, Lisa Joy, who previously worked with him on HBO’s hit series Westworld.

Ready To Follow In The Last Of Us’ Footsteps

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Following a decade-long trend of poor adaptation efforts, it would seem that gaming franchises finally found the best adaptions on television rather than cinema. Following the success of the HBO series The Last of Us, it would seem that Fallout, based on a very popular video game franchise and apparently directed by Christopher Nolan’s brother, is next in line. And to be entirely honest, the game’s setting and narrative are a treasure trove of useful material that can be translated into a television series rather than a movie.

The Fallout Series

The Fallout series is set in the same post-apocalyptic retro-futuristic world that the games are set in, with the narrative following Lucy, who has been living underneath the surface world following a fallout of a nuclear war between the US and China in 2077.

The series will follow her adventures as she comes out of the nuclear vault on a rescue mission, only to discover that the above-ground is now filled with mutant insects, nuclear abominations, and outlaw humans. There’s plenty of stuff to explore, and we have no doubt that Christopher Nolan’s brother will make good use of the material.