The Fallout series is one of gaming’s most beloved IPs, and fans have been pining for a TV adaptation for what feels like years. Now that Bethesda’s RPG has been given the green light to hit the small screen with Amazon, here’s everything we know so far.
Despite the inconsistent hit rate that video game adaptions have in TV & movies, that doesn’t stop fans from campaigning to see their favorite IP get the live-action treatment. With shows like Arcane and The Witcher being critical and commercial successes, the time for video game adaptations is now.
The Last of Us show is deep into a HBO production now, and gamers are itching to see which iconic title gets the next TV makeover. Well, fans of post-apocalyptic RPGs are in luck.
An Amazon TV series based on Bethesda’s Fallout games is heading into production in 2022 – and we’ve put together all of the details we know so far.
- Is there a Fallout series release date?
- Fallout TV series story
- Where to watch the Fallout TV series
- Who’s working on the Fallout TV series?
- Fallout TV series cast
- Fallout TV series leaked set images
Is there a Fallout TV series release date?
Unfortunately, we don’t have a timeframe on when the Fallout show is coming, but fans may have a while to wait. After being officially confirmed in July 2021, filming is believed to have gotten underway in June 2022 based on a job listing for stuntwork.
If everything runs smoothly, we aren’t ruling out a 2023 premiere, but we’ll have to wait for more details to emerge.
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Fallout TV series story
The Fallout games focus on the United States in the aftermath of a one-day nuclear war in 2077. Humanity has mostly collapsed, and people are forced to live in makeshift settlements, while terrifying mutated creatures roam the wasteland. The games have touched on many different locations, from post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. to what remains of Las Vegas, Nevada.
As we said earlier, the show is still pretty early in development, so the studios haven’t yet revealed which parts of the Fallout lore they will be drawing from. With four mainline games and even more spin-offs, there’s no shortage of material to use for inspiration.
Most of the Fallout games begin with a character emerging from one of many Vaults scattered around the US to provide shelter from the nuclear bombs. The moment the Vault Dweller steps out of the comfort of the Vault and into the desolate world is a memorable part of each game, so we’d love to see it brought to life on-screen.
Given that the games only hit true mainstream popularity from Fallout 3 onwards, it’s a safe bet to assume that it’s the latter-day material they will be most keen to adapt. With some easter eggs for OG fans, of course.
We already know that locations such as the Super Dart Mart will appear too, as set photos exclusively revealed by Collider showcase the iconic grocery store.
Based on the short teaser they shared back in July, it does appear they will be staying faithful to Fallout’s signature aesthetic. The contrast of 1950s American optimism against the post-nuclear devastation seen in the world is what makes the games special, so let’s hope they double down on it with the show.
However, the series won’t be a direct adpatation of the games. Todd Howard stated on a recent Podcast, “When people wanted to make it a movie, they wanted to tell the story of Fallout 3 or tell the story of Fallout 4.”
“For this, it was ‘Let’s do something that exists in the world of Fallout.’ It’s not retelling a game’s story. It’s basically an area of the map and like, Let’s tell a story here that fits in the world we built and doesn’t break any of the rules. It can reference things in the games, but isn’t a retelling of the games. It exists in the same world, but it’s its own unique thing, so it adds to it.”
Where to watch the Fallout TV series
This new Fallout series is in development at Amazon Studios, meaning it’s most likely to drop on Amazon Prime Video when it finally launches. All you’ll need is a valid Prime subscription and you can binge to your heart’s content.
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Who’s working on the Fallout TV series?
Alongside the announcement teaser, Amazon confirmed that Kilter Films is heading up production on the live-action adaption. Meanwhile, Todd Howard for Bethesda Game Studios and James Altman for Bethesda Softworks, who helped deliver the main series of games, will serve as executive producers.
Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner, best known for Captain Marvel and Silicon Valley respectively, have joined the project as showrunners.
Athena Wickham, Lisa Joy, and Jonathan Nolan from Kilter Films are also working as executive producers. It was confirmed in January 2022 that Nolan will direct the debut episode of the series after he did the same on HBO’s Westworld.
“Fallout is one of the greatest game series of all time,” Joy and Nolan said after the first reveal. “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.”
Fallout TV series cast
Stars of the Fallout series started being announced in February 2022, and there are some A-list names attached to the project. We don’t have confirmation of which roles each actor will play, but the talent involved is certainly reason to be excited.
Check out all of the Fallout series cast members we know of so far below:
- Walton Goggins (Justified, Ant-Man and The Wasp)
- Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets, Army of the Dead)
- Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks)
- Xelia Mendes-Jones (Havoc)
- Aaron Moten (Disjointed)
Fallout TV series leaked set images
With filming underway, on August 16, a handful of set images leaked online. These appeared to show just how true the show will be to the game’s aesthetic, from the narrow Vault corridors to the series’ signature mascot plastered on posters.
As well as this, the Fallout creators recently released behind-the-scenes videos, giving their audience a taste of what to expect from the series and how the development progress is coming along. The video can be viewed here:
The video features the likes of Todd Howard – the director and executive producer at Bethesda and executive producer on the upcoming Prime Video series, Tim Cain – the co-creator of the Fallout franchise – and Istvan Pely – the art director at Bethesda.
The three discuss how the timing of the show feels like the “right fit” for a Fallout adaptation and that they are excited for fans to see what they are creating.
So there you have it, that was everything we know so far about the eagerly-awaited Fallout TV show. As more and more information is revealed, be sure to check back on this page for the latest updates.
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