After all the ups (New Vegas) and downs (76) that come with being a long-running franchise, the beloved Fallout games will be adapted for the small screen. Amazon announced on Thursday that they have licensed the rights and that Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are attached to the project as executive producers via their production company Kilter Films.
Fallout is a well-loved franchise, despite 76’s sour reception, having clocked up dozens of game of the year awards and dominating Cultured Vultures’ list of the best post-apocalyptic games. There have been talks, in varying degrees of seriousness, of a Fallout film adaptation since 1998, and now, with the line between film and television blurring further by the day, it’s finally happening.
This forms part of Nolan and Joy’s $150 million overall deal with Amazon Studios, which also covers their upcoming adaptation of William Gibson’s novel The Peripheral. Also attached as executive producers are Kilter Films’s Athena Wickham, and, inevitably, Todd Howard and James Altman, representing game studio Bethesda, the developers of the series since 2008.
In an official statement, Nolan and Joy said “‘Fallout’ is one of the greatest game series of all time. 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.”
Howard himself commented “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.”
Despite Nolan and Joy’s industry pedigrees, it is perhaps a relief that they’re attached as executive producers rather than in any more directly creative position. Whether you’re a fan of Westworld or not, that show’s relentlessly self-serious tone is the antitheses of Fallout’s merrily atompunk vibe. Screen adaptations of video games have a somewhat frothy history, although the television industry seems to be taking them a little more seriously these days – it’s not long, after all, since HBO announced it would be adapting The Last Of Us. Again, like it or not, it does pull in the numbers.
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