Fallout TV series from the Westworld creators is coming to Amazon Prime Video

Bethesda is partnering with Amazon Studios for a show based on the hit video game franchise.


The Fallout franchise has been home to some of the best storytelling in gaming. The post-nuclear apocalypse series has seen a number of iterations, and is set to receive another soon. It’s been announced that a Fallout TV series is in the works for Amazon Prime Video. The show is being produced by the creators of Westworld. 

Bethesda has licensed the Fallout property to Amazon Studios. The project will be spearheaded by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are best known for co-creating HBO’s hit show Westworld. The show will be created in association with Kilter Films. The announcement was posted to the official Bethesda Twitter account, accompanied by a short video done in the 1950s style that has become synonymous with the Fallout series. A longer statement was posted to Bethesda’s official website

"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,” Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan said in their official statement. Todd Howard, Executive Producer at Bethesda believes Joy, Nolan, and the team at Kilter Films are the perfect choice to take on a Fallout series, and that he’d been eyeing them for a while. 

There aren’t many concrete details on what exactly the Fallout adaptation will entail. The games span over a long stretch of time, and feature a number of major events, so there are plenty of potential directions for the creatives to take the show in. We do know, however, that the series will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. As more details on the Fallout series become available, we’ll have them for you right here on Shacknews.

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    July 2, 2020 10:55 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Fallout TV series from the Westworld creators is coming to Amazon Prime Video

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      July 2, 2020 11:00 AM

      I'm cautiously optimistic about this. Fallout has some good potential for a TV series.

      I wonder how it's going to be formatted. An ongoing story about one or more specific groups? 1-3 episode mainly disconnected short stories about different people and groups in different locations?

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      July 2, 2020 11:01 AM

      fallout 1 and 2 = awesome. fallout 3+ = yawn

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      July 2, 2020 12:25 PM

      I really hope this leans into the dark side of Vault-Tec and focuses as much or more on the crazy shit that happened/happens in the vaults and period leading up to the apocalyptic event as it does on the wasteland that remains.

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        July 2, 2020 4:47 PM

        Would you be open to Lost-like flashbacks of Vault-Tec employees pre-shelter to contrast with what they've become post-shelter?

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          July 2, 2020 4:55 PM

          Hell yeah.

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          July 2, 2020 5:07 PM

          I'd prefer that they don't even show the wasteland until a second (or third) season

          The vaults are the most interesting part of Fallout and they never get as much attention as I wish they would.

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            July 2, 2020 5:33 PM

            First season has the Vault program coming together and ends with the cast closing the doors as the bombs drop. Second season can be all about life in the Vault and increasing tensions as the years go on until, at the end of season 2, someone is headed out into the Wasteland and we close with the vault door opening. Straight on into the Wasteland in season 3!

            I like your idea so that's how I would do it.

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      July 2, 2020 12:28 PM


      I don't know what to think. I like Westworld. I like Fallout. But man. Video game adaptations are usually terrible.

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        July 2, 2020 12:48 PM

        Video game adaptations are usually terrible, but I feel like a lot of Bethesda-related properties are better suited to TV adaptations than most. Fallout, the Elder Scrolls, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, and even Prey all have well developed worlds with their own coherent internal logic and functioning. They're worlds that are distinctive and well enough developed that interesting stories unrelated to the video games can be written in them.

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        July 2, 2020 12:55 PM

        Westworld in a way is a video game adaptation too but they do it in rather broad strokes. I got my friend into it because I examined to him that he would like it being he was our DM in D&D and there's a scene that would sing to him and he got which one I was referring too because our sessions would turn out in a similar manner because of my and others actions.

        That's also what made the new Jumanji movies work because they adapted video games broadly with concepts rather than beat for best a specific game. Which I can only hope they do for any future gaming films.

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      July 2, 2020 12:56 PM

      And also making Peripheral for Amazon? Eggs + Single Basket c'mon

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      July 2, 2020 1:21 PM

      War. War for your streaming dollars never changes.

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