Amazon Studios has obtained the license to make a TV series out of the Fallout video game franchise, and they’ve trusted the duo behind Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and and Lisa Joy, to take the helm. Bethesda started with a cheeky tease over their Twitter, sharing a quick “Please stand by” video with only a hint that a collaboration between Bethesda, Amazon and Kilter Films was in the works, before later linking to the official news with the full details on the Bethesda blog.
— Fallout (@Fallout) July 2, 2020
Joy and Nolan were quick to share their enthusiasm towards the task ahead:
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.
Todd Howard, Executive Producer at Bethesda Game Studios, said that they’d been looking for ways for the past decade to bring Fallout to the screen. Fallout fans all over can now be finally relieved that Bethesda have found their trusted TV experts in the Westworld duo. Now in its third series, the hit HBO show about a Western themed adventure land filled with cowboy cyborgs has amassed 43 Emmy nominations, as well as many others.
Is love for Fallout gaming series these days still strong enough to justify a Fallout TV series? After all, the latest game, Fallout 76, had mixed reviews and was the subject of several controversies since release. Well, Bethesda has felt confident enough to remind us of the franchises’ awards and record-making sales, along with its mobile game, Fallout Shelter, being downloaded more than 170 times, so it looks like a “wait and see” sort of scenario.