Amazon and Bethesda have announced the development of a series based on the Fallout universe. Designed by the creators of Westworld,
Amazon and Bethesda have announced the development of a series based on the Fallout universe. Designed by the creators of Westworld, the series will air on the Prime Video platform.
Fallout will go live in a serial adaptation. Amazon has won the bid, as announced by publisher Bethesda in a July 2 press release. The episodes will, of course, air exclusively on the Prime Video platform, which needs content like this to compete in the Netflix-dominated SVOD market.
As a vote of confidence, the Fallout series will be co-produced by Kilter Films, the company behind Westworld, which has been a big hit on HBO. The same duo, Jonathan Nolan - Christopher's brother - and Lisa Joy, will be in charge. "We're thrilled to be working with Todd Howard and the other Bethesda talents to bring this massive, subversive, fun-filled universe to life for Amazon Studios," said the pair, who may help us forget Fallout 76.
A fallout series
Bethesda and Amazon have not given any details about the story, but the writers will be spoilt for choice. Fallout is set in a uchronic world where the Cold War is said to have lasted until an atomic conflict broke out. Ravaged, the world tries to survive in a post-apocalyptic context, knowing that it has remained anchored in the 1950s (very retrofuturistic visual style). The saga is not fundamentally original in its narrative levers, even if there is a slight second degree that appeals to the players. To succeed in their project, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will have to keep these traits of humour. They will be able to rely on the story of one of the games or start with a 100% original plot.
For Amazon, this deal is a godsend since the platform had not yet been adapted from a video game. In this area, Netflixhas had great success with The Witcher while the upcoming series The Last of Us on HBO is eagerly awaited.
For the record, this association between the creators of Westworld and Fallout is reminiscent of a legal story: A few months ago, Bethesda accused Warner Bros. of plagiarizing Fallout Shelter for the mobile game Westworld. The dispute ended in a settlement agreement, which was delivered in January 2019. Clearly, the case is definitely off the table.