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Westworld creators developing Fallout TV series at Amazon Prime


Story by Jack Foley

WESTWORLD creators Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan are attached to oversee the development of Fallout at Amazon Prime as part of their nine-figure deal with the streamer.

Amazon has acquired the rights to the best-selling video game franchise, which has been a long term favourite among gamers since making its debut in 1997.

The project is currently in development but has a series commitment penalty attached, which means that if Amazon execs like the script, Fallout would bypass the traditional pilot stage and go directly to series.

Fallout is set in the future envisioned by Americans in the late 1940s when the country explodes upon itself through a nuclear war in 2077.

The series takes place in a harsh wasteland set against the previous generation’s utopian idea of a better world through nuclear energy.

Joy and Nolan said in a joint statement: “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.”

Bethesda Game Studios’ executive producer Todd Howard added: “Over the last decade, we looked at many ways to bring Fallout to the screen. But it 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. We’re enormous fans of their work and couldn’t be more excited to work with them and Amazon Studios.”

And Albert Cheng, COO and Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios, commented: “Fallout is an iconic global franchise, with legions of fans worldwide and a rich, deeply compelling storyline that powers it. And Jonah and Lisa are the perfect storytellers to bring this series to life. We’re thrilled to join with Bethesda to bring Fallout to television.”

Fallout is the latest high-profile genre drama in the works at Amazon. The company is also preparing its highly anticipated Lord of the Rings TV series as part of a global rights deal that may make it the most expensive TV show ever.

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