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Amazon Studios is developing a live-action TV series based on Bethesda's post-apocalyptic Fallout series. A brief teaser was shared earlier this evening on Twitter, as the franchises' iconic "please stand by" test card flashed up on a screen before vanishing in a haze of static.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan are attached to oversee the potential TV series. It's very early days for the project, and currently has something called a commitment penalty attached. According to THR, this means if Amazon top brass like the script, Fallout would get a series straight away and skip the traditional pilot phase.
Alternatively, Amazon could pass and everyone involved will be paid what they would have done if a full series had been ordered. This, naturally, suggests that Amazon has every confidence Joy and Nolan will be able to do something special with Fallout.
Joy and Nolan are set to exec produce the series under their Kilter Films banner. They'll work alongside Bethesda Game Studios and Fallout developer Bethesda Softworks. Todd Howard also serve as an executive producer on the project.
It'll certainly be interesting to see what the studio can do with Fallout as a TV series. The franchise has always boasted a fascinating aesthetic, combining 1940's kitsch with a grotesque vision of a nuclear-ravaged future. There are also more than enough characters and plot threads for Amazon to adapt into a series, if it so wishes.
Of course, we currently have no idea if Amazon will take its inspiration from games like Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, or if it'll simply look to tell entirely new stories set in the same world.
Typically Fallout games start with an isolated individual emerging from an underground vault to experience the cruel and unforgiving wasteland for the first time, so we can assume that the TV series will at least use this as a starting point. I don't really care what they do with it, as long as they get Ron Perlman back in to open and close every episode as the narrator, I'm sold.
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