Amazon MGM Studios has released a first trailer as well as new images and information on the TV adaptation of "Fallout". Fans of the game series can look forward to a faithful realisation of the original material.
After the first teaser images and information about the plot (see below), Amazon MGM Studios has now also released an official trailer for the "Fallout" series. This trailer gives an even better impression of the characters already introduced and the post-apocalyptic setting.
"Fallout" fans will recognise many elements from the games. Mutated creatures also make their first appearance in the trailer. These include giant cockroaches (or: Radroaches) and a radioactive bear that feeds on a "Brotherhood of Steel" soldier. Michael Emerson's ("Lost") mysterious character also celebrates his premiere in the short video, as does the public's favourite and best video game dog in the world: Dogmeat. The trailer is accompanied by typical "Fallout" 50s music ("I Don't Want To See Tomorrow"). As a fan of the games, I immediately feel at home.
In addition, the production studio has also released new posters featuring the protagonists.
Article from 29 November
The post-apocalyptic world of "Fallout" is being filmed as a TV series. The project was announced three years ago. Apart from measly leaks of set photos and a nondescript teaser image, there has been little news about the adaptation since then. In August, Bethesda showed a first secret trailer behind closed doors at Gamescom - we reported on it. Now Amazon MGM Studios is releasing the first official images and exciting details about the series.
In the year 2077, humanity has almost completely wiped itself out with nuclear missiles. Around 200 years later, people are still living in underground bunkers - the so-called Vaults. On the earth's surface, outside of a few civilised settlements, anarchy and chaos reign. Murderous gangs fight against paramilitary organisations for supremacy in the wasteland. And of course there are all kinds of mutated creatures that have been turned into monsters by the radiation. The first «Fallout» games were developed by Interplay Entertainment. They were classic RPGs from an isometric perspective. With «Fallout 3» Bethesda secured the rights to the post-apocalyptic world. From then on, the series was continued as an action RPG from a first-person perspective.
Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are responsible as producers. The couple have already created the TV series "Westworld" together. Nolan has also worked as author on productions by his brother Christopher Nolan such as "The Prestige", "The Dark Knight" and "Interstellar". Bethesda is also involved in the production of the series. Game director Todd Howard played a key role in the development of the series and is overseeing the project in his role as executive producer. Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner have been hired as showrunners. The former is known as the author of "Captain Marvel" and "Dungeons & Dragons", among others. Graham is best known for his involvement in the comedy series "Silicon Valley" and "The Office".
Exciting information about the plot can be found in the official press release and an interview with Nolan and Howard in Vanity Fair. The series is set in the same universe as the "Fallout" games, but tells a completely new story centred around Vault dweller Lucy, played by Ella Purnell ("Yellowjackets"). She has spent her entire life in the underground bunker, including with her father and Vault overseer Hank, played by Kyle MacLachlan ("Twin Peaks").
Due to an emergency in the Vault, Lucy has to leave the well-protected bunker. From then on, the naive Vault resident is confronted with a hellish world that is the complete opposite of her little underground oasis. According to Nolan, the clash of different perspectives on life in a post-apocalyptic context is at the centre of the TV series' story.
On her journey through the Californian wasteland, Lucy meets two other protagonists. One of them is Maximus, played by Aaron Moten ("Emancipation"). He is a member of the paramilitary organisation "Brotherhood of Steel". They want to use technological progress to bring law and order to the wasteland. At any cost. Nolan deliberately leaves it open in the series whether the organisation is one of the "good guys". "Whoever the good guys or the bad guys were - they destroyed the whole Earth. In the post-apocalypse, we're in a big grey area."
The third member of the team is the bounty hunter "The Ghoul", played by Walton Goggins ("The Hateful Eight"). In the "Fallout" universe, ghouls are people who have survived a high dose of nuclear radiation and turned into zombie-like creatures. Most of them are dumb as bricks. However, some have managed to keep their brain functions intact and live as quasi-zombies among normal people. This is also the case with "The Ghoul". Flashbacks are used to find out how the 200-year-old bounty hunter became a monster. While Lucy represents innocence and naivety in the series, the ancient bounty hunter is the complete opposite.
Fans of the games will notice that the ghoul looks a little less... ghoulish looking compared to the games. According to Nolan, this is a conscious decision. "We have to be careful about using too much prosthetics and make-up. I want to be able to see Walton's performance on his face. He has to look like a ghoul from the game and look hot at the same time."
According to Nolan, the various factions in the series are in search of an "artefact that has the potential to radically change the power dynamics in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles". According to Howard, the plot of the series is an official part of the "Fallout" canon.
In his search for suitable stories and partners for the realisation of a "Fallout" TV series, Howard says he had to fight his way through countless pitch meetings, all of which he turned down. Most producers wanted to rehash stories from the old "Fallout" games that had already been told. Howard had no interest in that.
At Howard's request, they finally sought dialogue with Nolan. One of the reasons for this was that "Interstellar" was a great inspiration for Bethesda's space epic "Starfield". And it gave Howard exactly what he was looking for - an independent story in the "Fallout" universe.
Howard confirms that fans can expect exactly the same black and bitter humour from the games in the series. Some elements of the background story have even been taken a step further. For example, the iconic "Vault Boy" has been given an origin story. Fans of the games will recognise the grinning comic figure from the in-game computer system "Pip Boy". Other elements of the games were also reinterpreted and rethought for the series. Howard often asked himself: "Oh man, why didn't we think of that?"
The "Fallout" series is set to launch on 12 April 2024, but you'll have to wait even longer for a new game in the series. According to Bethesda, a new "Fallout" is not planned until after the release of "The Elder Scrolls VI". And that won't be on the market until 2026 at the earliest.
After all, internal Bethesda documents have been leaked in the court case surrounding the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard by Microsoft. These state that a remake of "Fallout 3" is in the pipeline. It is unclear when the remake will be released. Perhaps on 12 April? You can dream.