Fallout TV Show: Release Date, Cast, And Plot

Fallout TV Show: Release Date, Cast, And Plot
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Tarran Stockton

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10th Jan 2022 14:38

Dreams of a Fallout TV show have been embedded in fans' minds ever since the series first began back in the 90s, and those dreams are slowly becoming reality. Fallout is a video game series known for its narrative prowess, and with multiple timeless RPGs to draw from, the upcoming TV show has a lot of potential material. There's not much public information to learn from currently, but for the rundown on everything we know about the Fallout TV show, read on. 

Fallout TV Show: Release Date

Currently, we have no solid release date or window for the Fallout TV show. It was first teased last year in a tweet from Amazon Studios, and the news that it was given the green light to move forward was revealed in early January 2022.

This means the show is likely to be in some form of pre-production stage right now, as filming is set to begin some time later in the year. With post-production time accounted for, it could mean a possible 2023 release date, though we don't expect it any sooner.

Fallout TV Show: Cast

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Liam Neeson's character in Fallout 3

Considering how early the current production stage for the Fallout TV show is, there are no official cast details to speak of. We also don't know if the casting process may have begun in some form, but with filming later this year, it's likely that cast members are at least now being considered. 

Many famous actors like Liam Neeson, Matthew Perry, and Ron Perlman have starred in previous Fallout games, with Perlman taking on the role of the narrator in each entry. It's possible some actors from the games could return if their character's stories are represented in the show, and Perlman has expressed interest in the past at the prospect of playing the narrator in other media. Their association with the show should also have the effect of legitimising it for the more pessimistic fans, and hearing the line "war, war never changes" from Perlman would be enough to excite anyone.

Fallout TV Show: Plot

There are no details regarding the TV show's plot. Whether it will be presented as an anthology series, or a continuous story is also unknown, but knowing the series' structure would illuminate a little more about what stories could be tackled from the games.

Even though the games do provide a treasure trove of potential stories and characters to pull from, it could also provide an original story to the Fallout universe - pulling from the extensive lore to craft something familiar but new. 

Fallout TV Show: Amazon Studios And Production 

There have been murmurings about a Fallout TV or film adaption for years, but it wasn't until July 2, 2020, when it finally looked poised to happen. On Bethesda's website, they released an announcement that Amazon Studios had licensed the rights for a Fallout TV series adaption, along with Kilter Films set to produce. Jonathan Nolan of Lisa Joy of Kilter Films were announced as executive producers, along with Todd Howard, and Bethesda's Director of Publishing James Altman.

Nolan and Joy also released a statement during the announcement. "Fallout is one of the greatest game series of all time," it begins. "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." 

More recently, the show was given the full green light, and Nolan was confirmed as the director of the first episode. The two showrunners for the adaption were also announced as Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner, who were involved with Captain Marvel and Silicon Valley, respectively. 

That's everything we currently know about the Fallout TV show, but we do have a short wish list of stuff we would like to see in the adaption.

Fallout TV Show Wishlist 

Firstly, and most obviously, Ron Perlman needs to come back to narrate the beginning and ending like in the games. His iconic monologues have always summarised much of the central themes of the Fallout franchise, so however the show decides to use the apocalypse to comment on human nature, it won't be quite right without that pronounced voice of Perlman's.

The Story from the first Fallout has the potential for a bleak way of starting the series and rounding out the first season. Fallout still offers relatively dark worlds tinged with black humour, but the first game perhaps hit that balance the best, and the storyline following the Master and his Super Mutant army makes for a compelling introduction to the world.

Though there are multiple ending states and ways of finishing the first game, a live action adaption of the conversation with the Master and the iconic ending scene where you are expelled from the vault could make for television. 

Lastly, to fully represent the satirised retro-future Americana of Fallout in all its glory, there needs to be a big budget backing, which luckily is something Amazon can provide. A Fallout show wouldn't work too well by being cheap, especially if they are looking to show off things like the Brotherhood of Steel, Deathclaws, Vaults, and even the wasteland itself.

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