Amazon picked up the rights to create a TV show based on Bethesda’s Fallout franchise last year and it looks like production will begin later this year. Kilter Films are handling the show with Jonathan Nolan directing the first episode, you may recognise him as being one of the co-creators of HBO’s Westworld.
“Fallout is one of the greatest game series of all time,” said Nolan back in 2020. “Each chapter of this insanely imaginative story has cost us countless hours we could have spent with family and friends. So 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.”
— Amazon Studios (@AmazonStudios) July 2, 2020
Amazon’s description of the project reads, “The world of ‘Fallout’ is one where the future envisioned by Americans in the late 1940s explodes upon itself through a nuclear war in 2077. The magic of the ‘Fallout’ world is the harshness of the wasteland set against the previous generation’s utopian idea of a better world through nuclear energy. It is serious and harsh in tone, yet sprinkled with moments of ironic humour and B-movie-nuclear-fantasies.”
Bethesda’s Todd Howard (who will serve as an Executive Producer on the show) said, “Over the last decade, we looked at many ways to bring ‘Fallout’ to the screen. 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.”
It’s the latest in a string of attempts by video game companies to translate their franchises to film and TV series. The first attempt was back in 2000 when Interplay Films partnered with Dark Horse and they got as far as having treatment written. The project was eventually abandoned but you can read the entire treatment here.