At this point in time, it’s getting close to a 50-50 shot of things being good or bad with live-action adaptations of video games. We say that because initially, it was almost like a 1-in-10 shot of having a team bring a video game to live-action accurately. But recently, things have changed, and we’re starting to see people realize that if you stick to the source material well enough and only make slight changes, you can have a much better result than what came before. The next attempt at this is the Fallout TV Series coming to Amazon Prime Video, and some new looks at that have been shown.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, showrunners Jonathan Nolan and his wife, Lisa Joy, talked about what the Fallout TV Series would be like, including dropping several photos depicting the world and its characters. Many people will immediately recognize what’s going on, including Lucy’s “main characters” in her Vault-inspired attire and the character of “Ghoul” and his irradiated face.
Bethesda’s Todd Howard added during the interview that they tried to be as accurate to the games as possible:
“We had a lot of conversations over the style of humor, the level of violence, the style of violence. Look, Fallout can be very dramatic, and dark, and postapocalyptic, but you need to weave in a little bit of a wink…. I think they threaded that needle really well on the TV show.”
And that’s where another twist comes in. Because Howard noted that not only does this series have its own story, which is what intrigued Bethesda in the first place, but it will be canon to the universe:
“We view what’s happening in the show as canon. That’s what’s great, when someone else looks at your work and then translates it in some fashion. I sort of looked at it like, ‘Ah, why didn’t we do that?’ “I did not want to do an interpretation of an existing story we did. That was the other thing—a lot of pitches were, you know, ‘This is the movie of Fallout 3…’ I was like, ‘Yeah, we told that story.’ I don’t have a lot of interest seeing those translated. I was interested in someone telling a unique Fallout story. Treat it like a game. It gives the creators of the series their own playground to play in.”
And they did, and the pictures showcase just how big the story will be in scope. Hopefully, we’ll see more of this world soon.