Amazon Studios has managed to close a lengthy period of back and forth to acquire the rights to Fallout, the best-selling video game franchise. That’s right, after close to ten years of whispers of a TV adaptation, a Fallout series is now finally in development.
Westworld creators/executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will be bringing it to life, working via their Kilter Films banner, alongside Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks. Amazon is clearly keen: a series commitment is locked in.
Created by Interplay Entertainment, Fallout is a series of post-apocalyptic role-playing video games set during the 22nd and 23rd centuries. A nuclear war in 2077 has left the United States in a harsh wasteland, completely against the previous generation’s utopian idea of a better world through nuclear energy.
“Fallout is one of the greatest game series of all time,” Joy and Nolan said in a statement. “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.”
The Fallout series marks one of the first major projects heading into development from an overall deal Joy and Nolan have signed with Amazon Studios.
“Fallout is an iconic global franchise, with legions of fans worldwide and a rich, deeply compelling storyline that powers it,” said Albert Cheng, COO and Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “And Jonah and Lisa are the perfect storytellers to bring this series to life. We’re thrilled to join with Bethesda to bring Fallout to television.”
Amazon shared the following little video tease to mark the occasion:
— Amazon Studios (@AmazonStudios) July 2, 2020
Ahead for the creative duo: Nolan and Joy’s Westworld had its fourth season greenlit in April. Joy has made her feature directorial and writing debut with upcoming sci-fi film Reminiscence, starring Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, and Thandie Newton. That film will follows a scientist who discovers a way to relive one’s past and uses the technology to search for his long lost love.