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Westworld creators developing Fallout series for Amazon


The creators of Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, are developing a new sci-fi TV series for Amazon based on the Fallout franchise.

According to Variety:

The “Westworld” duo are developing a show at Amazon based on the “Fallout” video game franchise. Their Kilter Films banner is producing the project which has a series commitment penalty attached, meaning it would go directly to series if Amazon execs are on board with the scripts.

The “Fallout” series, which began in 1997 with the original game, is set in a world where the future envisioned by Americans in the late 1940s explodes upon itself through a nuclear war in 2077. With their Amazon project, Nolan and Joy will look to bring “the harshness of the wasteland set against the previous generation’s utopian idea of a better world through nuclear energy,” to the small screen. The project will look to retain the games’ “harsh tone,” which making sure it is still “sprinkled with moments of ironic humor and B-movie-nuclear-fantasies” which players of the epic franchise know and love.

The series hails from Amazon Studios and Kilter Films in association with the games’ producers Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks. Nolan and Lisa Joy, who signed a blockbuster overall deal with Amazon last year, will exec produce alongside Athena Wickham for Kilter Films, with Todd Howard as an EP for Bethesda Game Studios, and James Altman for Bethesda Softworks.

My Take

This is the latest major video game franchise to transition from gaming to television and movies. In recent years, we have seen fairly high-budget films based on Sonic the Hedgehog, Detective Pikachu, and Assassin’s Creed.

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We’ve also seen a number of television adaptations – everything from Doom and Castlevania to The Witcher. So a series based on Fallout is hardly a surprise. More noteworthy is that the Westworld creators are behind the project.