Amazon and Bethesda have announced the celebrated post-apocalyptic gaming franchise Fallout is being adapted for a Prime Video TV series.
The creative duo behind HBO’s Westworld, Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, have been tasked with dramatising the source material from the beloved role playing game.
Bethesda’s own Todd Howard and James Altman will be executive producers, hopefully guiding the producers on ensuring the series matches fan expectations.
Little else beyond the Twitter teasers posted from the @Fallout and @AmazonStudios account on Thursday afternoon. However, The Hollywood Reporter does have a statement from Joy and Nolan, who claim to be long-time fans of the game and praised the the franchise as “one of the greatest fame series of all time.”
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They said: “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.”
First released in 1997, Fallout started its journey in the year 2161 in post-apocalyptic Southern California, decades after a nuclear war, with survivors now living in protected vaults. In the first game, the protagonist is charged with finding a replacement for a computer chip responsible for water recycling, using the Pip-Boy device as his guide.
There have been four games in the main series, the last in 2015, which returned to 2077 after the bombs dropped. There have also been a number of spin-offs, including New Vegas, Shelter, Pinball and the most recent edition Fallout 76, one of the series’ lesser outings.
Fans of the series are among the most passionate and dedicated in the entire games industry so there’s a huge built-in audience for this show. However, with that comes the weight of expectation not to screw this up. If it sucks, Fallout fans will go nuclear. There’s no news on when the series will air.
The announcement comes after US pay TV giant HBO announced it is adapting The Last of Us in collaboration with Naughty Dog. Amazon is also racking up big name franchises with the first season of its The Lord of the Rings series currently in production.