'Fallout': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's Amazon series

In the globally popular video games, the setting is the 22nd and 23rd centuries in a nuclear wasteland after a global nuclear war ravaged the Earth in 2077

                            'Fallout': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's Amazon series
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Film or television adaptations of video games are always a dicey idea. Uwe Boll’s career is a testament to that. But when the project is helmed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, one can find some reassurance. Bethesda’s globally-popular post-apocalyptic role-playing video game franchise ‘Fallout’ is soon to turn into a science fiction series by the ‘Westworld’ creators and that can only be good news.

Release date

No release date has been announced for the release of ‘Fallout’ that is to arrive on Amazon Prime Video.


While no official plot points for the adaptation has been mentioned yet, in the game, the setting is that of the 22nd and 23rd century. It is a set in a nuclear wasteland. As per the games, a post-war utopia was created in the United States in the 1940s. But a global nuclear war ravaged the Earth in 2077. Consequently, the aesthetics of the game are heavily retrofuturist and atompunk. 

In the original 1997 game, the story centers around a character known as the Vault Dweller. It’s based in a post-apocalyptic Southern California, in the year 2161. Vault Dweller, in the game, is tasked with recovering a water chip to replace the broken one in their underground shelter home, Vault 13. But of course, there are enemy mutants in the wasteland.

Different ‘Fallout’ games take place in different cities in the U.S., and with each terrain, comes a new set of challenges. The game has been acclaimed for its use of unexpected dark humor -- often commentary on capitalism.


No cast has been announced for ‘Fallout’ as of yet. Watch this space for more information.


Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. (Getty Images)

Nolan and Joy’s label, Kilter Films, is producing 'Fallout' alongside Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks. Nolan and Joy hardly require an introduction. The duo created the critically-acclaimed science fiction series ‘Westworld’. Joy has also written shows like ‘Burn Notice’ and ‘Pushing Daisies’.

Nolan, on the other hand, has been a frequent collaborator with his elder brother Christopher Nolan. He’s been a writer on several of his brother’s projects like the ‘Batman’ trilogy, ‘Interstellar’, ‘The Prestige’ and ‘Memento’.

Speaking about the project, Nolan said, “‘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.”

Todd Howard, the executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios, said about the project, “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.”

Additionally, Albert Cheng, the COO and co-head of television at Amazon Studios, said, “‘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.”


No trailer for ‘Fallout’ has been released yet. Watch this space for more information.

If you like ‘Fallout’, you will also like

‘Westworld’, ‘Altered Carbon’, ‘Ghost in the Shell’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘Ad Vitam’.

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