A Fallout TV Show Is Being Made By the Creators of Westworld

A Fallout TV Show Is Being Made By the Creators of Westworld

The company behind HBO's Westworld is teaming up with Bethesda and Amazon.

"War never changes" is the constant refrain in Fallout, but it looks like we're about to see the series make a leap to a new storytelling medium. Today, Bethesda and Amazon Studios released a short teaser and first details on a Fallout TV show for Amazon Prime Video.

The dual tweets from Amazon and Bethesda's official Fallout account initially didn't spell out much, dropping the hashtag #PleaseStandBy with a short clip of an old black-and-white TV, reminiscent of the classic teasers for Fallout games. The clips also revealed the involvement of Kilter Films, a production company known for its work on HBO's Westworld.

More details come in a release from Bethesda, confirming that Kilter heads and Westworld co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are attached to produce what will be an Amazon Studios-licensed Fallout show. At this time, it is unclear whether or not it will be a live-action production.

Joining Nolan and Joy as executive producers are Athena Wickham (Kilter), Bethesda Games director Todd Howard, and James Altman (Bethesda Softworks). "[I]t was clear from the moment I first spoke with Jonah and Lisa a few years ago, that they and the team at Kilter were the ones to do it right," says Howard in Bethesda's press release. "We're enormous fans of their work and couldn't be more excited to work with them and Amazon Studios."

Fallout now joins the ever-growing list of games that have TV or film adaptations underway. Last week, USgamer's 2019 Game of the Year Disco Elysium was picked out for a TV adaptation by one of the production companies behind the recent Sonic film and CD Projekt Red announced a new Cyberpunk 2077-offshoot anime coming to Netflix. In a similar prestige space to Westworld and, presumably, this new Amazon Fallout show, HBO is working on a live-action series based on The Last of Us led by Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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