(Pocket-lint) - Bethesda announced back in 2020 that Amazon Studios greenlit a new sci-fi TV show based on its popular Fallout franchise. It will be an Amazon Prime Original series produced by Kilter Films. Here's everything we know so far about it.
Fallout TV series | What we know
Harsh and humourous nuclear fantasy
The new Fallout TV show is completely inspired by Bethesda's Fallout series of post-apocalyptic RPG video games. It does not yet have a title.
Bethesda said the show will reportedly keep intact the games’ “harsh tone" while also sprinkling in moments of "ironic humor and B-movie-nuclear-fantasies”. The Fallout game series started in 1997, with the release of Fallout, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic Southern California in the year 2161. The later sequels dive into apocalyptic versions of Washington DC, Las Vegas, and Boston.
With their new Fallout TV series, creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan said they aim to capture “the harshness of the wasteland set against the previous generation’s utopian idea of a better world through nuclear energy". No other details about the show's plot have been revealed.
From the creators of HBO Westworld
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, the creators of HBO's Westworld, will serve as showrunners of the project, which is still in the development stage. Meanwhile, Todd Howard of Bethesda Game Studios and James Altman of Bethesda Softworks have both signed on to be the executive producers. No other details about the cast and crew have been revealed.
“Fallout is one of the greatest game series of all time,” Joy and Nolan told THR. “Each chapter of this insanely imaginative story has cost us countless hours we could have spent with family and friends. We’re incredibly excited to partner with Todd Howard and the rest of the brilliant lunatics at Bethesda to bring this massive, subversive, and darkly funny universe to life with Amazon Studios."
Keep in mind, in 2019, Nolan and Joy both signed a blockbuster overall deal with Amazon, and as a result, the pair had to exit an existing deal with Warner Bros Television. Their new deal is reportedly worth $150 million over five years, and they get to remain as writers and executive producers on HBO’s Westworld, which has garnered 43 Emmy Award nominations over two seasons.
We also now know that Nolan will direct the show's first episode - after having directed multiple episodes of Westworld down the line, he'll be well situated to take the helm.
Fallout TV series | Cast and crew
We discussed this in detail via the section above, but here's a summary of the cast and crew members confirmed so far for the Fallout series:
- Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner - Showrunners
- Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan - Executive producers (and Nolan directing)
- Todd Howard of Bethesda Game Studios - Executive producer
- James Altman of Bethesda Softworks - Executive producer
Fallout TV series | Release date
A release date has not been announced. The show is still in the development stages. Variety claimed that Kilter Films is not only producing the project but has a series commitment penalty attached, meaning "it would go directly to series if Amazon execs are on board with the scripts".
Fallout TV series | Trailers
There are no trailers yet for the Fallout TV show. It has not yet been filmed. However, Bethesda's Fallout Twitter account did tweet a teaser:
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