“It’s Like We’re Making Fallout 5”: Jonathan Nolan on Fallout Series’ Connection to the Games

“It’s Like We’re Making Fallout 5”: Jonathan Nolan on Fallout Series’ Connection to the Games

Jonathan Nolan has created a sci-fi cult classic with Westworld, but now he’s jumping over to Amazon Prime Video for an adaptation of the hit video game series, Fallout.

Like with every adaptation, fans are wondering how exactly this would be connected to the established canon of the games, and Nolan says that it’s essentially like writing the story for the next Fallout game. “Each of the [Fallout] games is a discrete story – different city, distinct protagonist – within the same mythology,” explains Nolan to TotalFilm, “Our series sits in relation to the games as the games sit in relation to each other. It’s almost like we’re Fallout 5. I don’t want to sound presumptuous, but it’s just a non-interactive version of it, right?”

With a world that has very dense lore and a huge landscape, it would be pretty easy to just make some new characters that just exist in that world. Albeit, it does seem that the story in the series is going to take some inspiration from the games, what with Ella Purnell’s character seemingly looking for her long lost dad (Kyle MacLachlan).

Then again, I’m just guessing that plot point based on the trailer.

With Nolan’s brother being infamous for adapting Batman on the big screen, he also explains how adapting Fallout is kind of like the same task. “Fallout, in my career, is closest to the work we did in adapting Batman, where there’s so much storytelling in the Batman universe that there is no canonical version of it, so you’re free to invent your own,” says Nolan.

We don’t know how Fallout will be received when it comes out, but so far I think everything looks fantastic. Fingers crossed they have another Last of Us on their hands (and not another Halo).

Watch out for Fallout when it premieres on Amazon Prime Video on April 12.


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