'Fallout' Has 'The Last of Us'-Level Video Game Adaptation Potential

Give me your eyes and ears, dear readers, because there's a chance that the next great video game adaptation is upon us. After HBO's The Last of Us proved that well-made video games could inspire great television series, Amazon Prime Video announced that they'll join the race with an adaptation of Fallout. And I have to say: there's something about the lineup of names attached to Fallout that has me believing it could be truly special.

For one, Westworld showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are executive producers for the new series. Fallout, the beloved video game franchise from the makers of Starfield, has a similar vibe to the futuristic western. The role-playing series is set in a post-apocalyptic Earth known as "The Wasteland," which is the product of nuclear war. There's also a bit of Silo thrown in there as well, since everyone lives in fallout shelters called "Vaults."

Arriving in April 2024, Fallout will feature Walton Goggins (Justified), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks), Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets), Michael Emerson (Lost), Sarita Choudhury (And Just Like That...), and Matty Cardarople (Reservoir Dogs). Showrunning duties will be split between Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel screenwriter) and Graham Wagner (The Office). That's a heavy-hitting list, people.

Prime Video hasn't released an official trailer for the upcoming series just yet, but a teaser shown this past August at Gamescon 2023 revealed that Goggins will play one of the show's mutated humans, known as "ghouls." (Sounds freaky.) Players in the game can also trade bottle caps as currency and gain karma points for completing good deeds, which is certainly a Black Mirror-esque hellscape if I ever heard of one. Sign me up!

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