Fallout TV Series Is "Not Retelling A Game Story"

No debut date for the Prime Video adaptation has been announced.


As part of a wide-ranging podcast interview on computer scientist Lex Fridman's podcast, Bethesda's Todd Howard shared that the upcoming Fallout TV series will not rehash narratives told in the games. The show will air on Prime Video and depict the aftermath of a nuclear war in an alternate history of a 1950s-esque retro-futuristic world, but no release date has been announced.

Howard talked about the desire for an original take on the 25-year-old franchise after hearing 10 years of uninspired movie pitches. "When people wanted to make a movie they wanted to tell the story of Fallout 3 or tell the story of Fallout 4, and it was meh," Howard said (via Eurogamer). "For this it was, 'Hey let's do something that exists within the world of Fallout.'"

Howard added, "Let's tell a story here that fits in the world that we have built, doesn't break any of the rules, can reference things in the games, but isn't a retelling of the games." In October, he also spoke about the movie pitches he's heard over the years in a promotional video for the show, while also explaining why his studio has put their faith in Westworld's Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy to produce the adaptation.

This interview also yielded insights into Elder Scrolls 6, Stafield, his company's sale to Xbox, and their in-the-works and genre-defying Indiana Jones game. Howard also clarified that his role on the Indiana Jones game is more about "checking in on" on the game as opposed to being directly involved on a daily basis.

Fallout's cast includes Kyle MacLachlan, Xelia Mendes-Jones, Aaron Moten, Ella Purnell, and Walton Goggins.

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