Yet another fan favorite video game series is making the transition to television. Fallout is heading to Prime video with Westworld‘s Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are at helming the show. Their pitch for the Fallout TV series based on the successful post-apocalyptic franchise received a straight-to-series order from the streaming service. And now its cast is coming together. Ella Purnell, who recently starred in Yellowjackets, will lead the series, alongside Walton Goggins. Kyle MacLachlan, Xelia Mendes-Jones, and Aaron Moten are the latest to join the cast, per Variety. Their roles are currently under wraps.
In the Fallout series, ghouls “are mutated humans or animals affected by the phenomenon of ghoulification… Despite their zombie-like appearance, the flesh of ghouls is not actually rotten… They have greatly extended overall lifespans and are immune to (and sometimes even healed by) background radiation and/or nuclear fallout.”
Nolan and Joy’s Kilter Films is producing the series together with Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks. In a statement, Joy and Nolan said, “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.”
When the initial announcement dropped in mid-2020, Amazon released a short teaser video, which you can watch below:
The post-nuclear apocalypse games have been best-sellers since their debut in 1997. The Fallout franchise has expanded to include ten games since then. The game’s world is based on a harsh future. Post World War II, Americans hoped for a future rooted in nuclear energy. They had a utopian vision of a better world. However, that results in a full on nuclear war in 2077. The Great War that wrecks the United States provides the setting for Fallout world. Players travel through a total wasteland. Although the games are mostly serious in tone, they also have their share of ironic humor.
Rumors of a Fallout television adaptation have circulated for a long time—almost as long as the series based on the equally iconic game Halo, which just released season one of its TV series.
Originally published July 2, 2020.