Hollywood has brought us dozens of visions of what it might be like to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, but perhaps none are as iconic as the ones we explored in the Fallout games. Soon, those worlds will collide as Amazon Studios has already begun adapting the Fallout TV series.
We’re just looking for pieces when it comes to details, but here’s what we know so far.
When does the Fallout TV series air?
The Fallout TV series is currently in pre-production, which means they may not have started filming any footage yet. There’s a lot involved in this process, and the time it takes to go from production to production can vary widely. For comparison, season 2 of Netflix’s The Witcher series entered pre-production in January 2020 and aired in December 2021, but was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most TVs have a season/series rhythm every year.
I’d be willing to bet that the Fallout TV series will start airing around mid-2023, barring any major, unexpected obstacles, such as a global nuclear war.
What is the Fallout TV series about?
Information about the plot is hard to come by. We know it will deal with the fallout, irreverent post-apocalyptic world we know from the game, but we don’t know where on Earth it will be set or how long the bombs will drop.
Amazon has some delicate balancing act to deal with here, as it needs to introduce the setting to many audiences that have never heard of it, while also making existing fans feel authentic and satisfying. If it were up to me, I’d say the best approach is to focus on areas we’ve never seen before in the game. But I’d also wager that we’ll get acquainted with iconic groups like the Brotherhood of Steel early on in the show.
Who starred in the Fallout TV series?
The Fallout TV series stars Walton Goggins, who most recently voiced Cecil Steadman in Amazon’s animated adaptation of The Invincible. You might also know him as Boyd Crowder in Justified, or his character in The Shield or Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful 8. We don’t know much about his character, although there are some rumors that he may be playing a ghoul. Since some of these irradiated immortals still have memories of their lives before the war, it makes sense – giving audiences a proxy role, one foot in a better-known society, to make sense of post-apocalyptic horrors React, like anyone we would. And Goggins definitely has a skeletal structure.
Another confirmed cast member is Ella Purnell, probably the character most familiar to PC gamers as the voice of Jinx in the Netflix series Arcane. She also played the teenage version of Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent in the 2014 live-action film. We don’t even know her character’s name, but if Goggins’ character is a ghoul who understands the past, it would make sense to pair him with a younger man better suited to the post-apocalyptic world.
Who is writing and directing the Fallout TV series?
Amazon has appointed two showrunners to lead the project: Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner.
Robertson-Dworet has credits in Captain Marvel and the 2018 live-action Tomb Raider movie. Wagner comes from more of a comedy background, with writer and producer credits in The Office, Portlandia, and Silicon Valley. This could be a sign that Amazon wants Fallout to have a stronger comedic side, which would be in keeping with the game’s tone – they often contrast horror and bleakness with insanely absurdity.
Lisa Joy, who has writer and producer credits on Westworld, Burn Notice and Pushing Daisies, is expected to write at least one episode. Director Christopher Nolan’s brother, Jonathan Nolan, is also listed as a writer and director for at least one episode. Nolan has written scripts for The Prestige and The Dark Knight, and has written/directed at Westworld and Person of Interest.
Will Vault Boy be on the show?
Unless there’s no thumbs up in this version of the future, he’s certainly a hit.