In the realm of post-apocalyptic narratives, numerous films, books, and comics have explored this theme, but few match the distinctiveness of the ’50s-inspired Fallout games. Now, Prime Video aims to translate this unique perspective to television, with collaboration from those integral to the games’ creation. Although details about the show are limited, the glimpses we’ve received have us eagerly anticipating another journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland.
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The Fallout games depict a world where the 1950s art-deco style endures alongside technological advancements like robots and nuclear-powered cars. However, the persistent threat of atomic bombs becomes starkly evident in 2077, unleashing a nuclear war that devastates the planet. Fortunately, the ’50s penchant for bomb shelters proves beneficial, allowing some to endure in underground havens known as Vaults.
Across the majority of the games, a significant span has passed since the bombs descended—ranging from 25 to 200 years, contingent on the specific game. The aftermath is a desolate landscape replete with mutants, colossal insects, ghoul-like beings, and various irradiated creatures. Amidst the ruins, pockets of humanity endure, featuring ordinary individuals and a prominent military group known as The Brotherhood of Steel. These soldiers don suits of armor reminiscent of the technology Tony Stark crafted in the inaugural Iron Man film.
The forthcoming Fallout series is positioned in Los Angeles, aligning with the temporal backdrop of the games, as disclosed by Todd Howard, game director of Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, and executive producer of Fallout 76 and Fallout Shelter, during the Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany, on August 23. However, Howard refrained from specifying the exact game timeline the show corresponds to, with Fallout 76 set 25 years post-apocalypse and Fallout 4 unfolding 185 years thereafter. It remains unclear whether the series unfolds concurrently with the original Fallout, a project Howard did not contribute to.
During the convention, Howard unveiled footage from the show, offering a sneak peek into the moment when nuclear detonations struck Los Angeles. Nevertheless, this footage has not yet received an official release.
WHO ARE THE CREATIVES ON THE FALLOUT?
For the Fallout TV series, Amazon Studios has enlisted the expertise of Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, renowned for their contributions to HBO’s Westworld. In their roles as writers and executive producers, they will bring their creative talents to the show through their company, Kilter Films—roles mirroring those they held on Westworld. Todd Howard, at Gamescom, additionally disclosed that Nolan has taken the directorial helm for the initial three episodes of the series. Accompanying them in the production is executive producer Athena Wickham, a Kilter Films colleague and also an executive producer on Westworld.
The writing team for the Fallout series boasts the inclusion of Geneva Robertson-Dworet (co-writer of Captain Marvel) and Graham Wagner (writer and executive producer on Portlandia). They will serve as executive producers and co-showrunners, contributing their skills to the creative narrative of the show.
Regarding notable figures for fans of the games, the Fallout series will see executive production from Todd Howard, recognized for his role as the game director on Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, as well as the executive producer on Fallout 76 and the mobile spin-off Fallout Shelter. Joining him in this capacity is James Altman, the director of publishing operations for Bethesda Softworks, the entity responsible for publishing the Fallout games.
In a joint statement issued by Joy and Nolan when they revealed the show, they expressed, “Fallout is one of the greatest game series of all time. Each chapter of this insanely imaginative story has demanded countless hours that could have been spent with family and friends. Hence, we are tremendously excited to collaborate with Todd Howard and the other brilliant minds at Bethesda to bring this expansive, subversive, and darkly humorous universe to life through Amazon Studios.”
The production of the series will be managed by Kilter, Bethesda Softworks (venturing into TV for the first time), Bethesda Game Studios (also newcomers to TV production), and Amazon Studios, known for their TV productions such as The Boys and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, along with HBO’s Euphoria.
WHO WILL STAR IN THE FALLOUT?
The cast of the series includes Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets), Walton Goggins (Justified), and Aaron Moten (Emancipation). Ella Purnell takes on the role of “Lucy,” an optimistic Vault Dweller with an all-American, can-do spirit. Her serene and idealistic nature is put to the test when her loved ones face harm. Aaron Moten portrays “Maximus,” a young soldier in the Brotherhood of Steel who conceals a tragic past. Committed to the nobility of the Brotherhood’s mission to bring law and order to the Wasteland, Maximus is determined to do whatever it takes to further their goals. Walton Goggins embodies “The Ghoul,” a pragmatic and ruthless survivor of the Wasteland functioning as a bounty hunter, concealing a mysterious past.
Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) plays “Overseer Hank,” Lucy’s father and the Overseer of Vault 33, fervently driven to improve the world. Additional cast members include Johnny Pemberton (21 Jump Street) as Thaddeus, Rodrigo Luzzi (Dead Ringers) as Reg, Annabel O’Hagan (Law & Order: SVU) as Steph, and Moisés Arias (The King of Staten Island) as Norm. The roles of Thaddeus and Norm remain undisclosed—leaving room for speculation whether they are regular individuals or mutants.
Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Michael Emerson (Person of Interest), Leslie Uggams (Deadpool), Frances Turner (The Boys), Dave Register (Heightened), Zach Cherry (Severance), and Xelia Mendes-Jones (The Wheel of Time) are also part of the cast, although their roles have yet to be revealed.
Notably absent from confirmation are whether Keith David (They Live), Clancy Brown (Billions), CCH Pounder (NCIS: New Orleans), or other significant cast members from the original game set in L.A. will reprise their roles.
A lingering question for fans revolves around the potential involvement of Ron Perlman, the iconic narrator in almost every Fallout game since the 1997 original. Enthusiasts eagerly anticipate whether Perlman will lend his voice to welcome viewers to the series, possibly delivering his memorable opening line, “War… War never changes.”
WHEN WILL THE FALLOUT PREMIERE?
The debut of Fallout is scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2024, on Prime Video. This premiere likely precedes the release of the next game, Fallout 5, by approximately a year, perhaps even two. Details about Fallout 5 remain scarce at this point.
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