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Fallout, the post-apocalyptic video game franchise published by Bethesda Softworks, is being turned into a TV series by Kilter Films, the production company of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

The Westworld creative duo are developing another sweeping sci-fi series, this time at Amazon, based on the Fallout video game franchise. Their company Kilter Films is producing the project, which has a series commitment if Amazon execs are on board with the scripts.

The Fallout series, which began in 1997 with the original game, is set in a world where the future envisioned by Americans in the late 1950’s implodes upon itself through a nuclear war in 2077. With their Amazon project, Nolan and Joy will look to bring “the harshness of the wasteland set against the previous generation’s utopian idea of a better world through nuclear energy,” to the small screen. The project will look to retain the games’ “harsh tone,” which making sure it is still “sprinkled with moments of ironic humor and B-movie-nuclear-fantasies” which players of the epic franchise know and love.

Johnathan Nolan and Lisa Joy

The series is from Amazon Studios and Kilter Films in association with the games’ producers Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks. Nolan and Lisa Joy, who signed a blockbuster overall deal with Amazon last year, will exec produce alongside Athena Wickham for Kilter Films, with Todd Howard as an Executive Producer for Bethesda Game Studios, and James Altman for Bethesda Softworks. Lionsgate is also executive producing the series.

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

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Fallout is but the latest video game to be getting the TV treatment. News of the project comes around four months after it emerged that HBO is adapting another iconic post-apocalyptic game, The Last Of Us, for television. A Halo series is also in the works at Showtime, and a feature based on Borderlands currently has Cate Blanchett in talks for one of the lead roles. Witcher at Netflix, starring Henry Cavill, is already a hit.

Under their Amazon deal, Nolan and Joy are currently in pre-production on thriller series The Peripheral, based on the William Gibson novel. The show follows a woman in a near-future America in which technology has started to subtly alter society.


David Raiklen
David Raiklen

David Raiklen wrote, directed and scored his first film at age 9. He began studying keyboard and composing at age 5. He attended, then taught at UCLA, USC and CalArts. Among his teachers are John Williams and Mel Powel.
He has worked for Fox, Disney and Sprint. David has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2004 American Music Center Award. Dr. Raiklen has composed music and sound design for theater (Death and the Maiden), dance (Russian Ballet), television (Sing Me a Story), cell phone (Spacey Movie), museums (Museum of Tolerance), concert (Violin Sonata ), and film (Appalachian Trail).
His compositions have been performed at the Hollywood Bowl and the first Disney Hall. David Raiken is also host of a successful radio program, Classical Fan Club.