“I’d heard that he liked video games”: One Christopher Nolan Movie Made Fallout TV Series Possible That Can Dethrone HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’

The series is produced by Jonathan Nolan, who collaborated with the Oppenheimer director in many films.

“I’d heard that he liked video games”: One Christopher Nolan Movie Made Fallout TV Series Possible That Can Dethrone HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’


  • Director Christopher Nolan is one of the most influential directors of the current generation.
  • He has collaborated with his brother Jonathan Nolan, especially in Interstellar, which was reportedly the inspiration for Bethesda Games’ Starfield game.
  • The director of the company sought Jonathan Nolan, who was a fan of the games, to develop the TV show Fallout.
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Director Christopher Nolan has inspired countless creatives since his debut in 1998 with Following. The noted director has become one of the biggest voices in mainstream cinema, being the man behind blockbusters such as The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and The Prestige. He recently directed the biopic Oppenheimer, which earned close to a billion dollars at the box office.


Nolan often collaborates with his brother Jonathan Nolan, who has also been the man behind the series Person of Interest and Westworld. The younger Nolan was also the screenwriter for Interstellar, which was reportedly the inspiration for Bethesda Games’ director Todd Howard to enlist his help to realize the upcoming TV show Fallout.

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How Did Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar Influence Fallout?

A still from Christopher Nolan's Interstellar
A still from Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

The legendary game Fallout is all set to get its own TV adaptation in 2024, with the show ready to stream on Amazon Prime Video. The game was adapted by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who were the people behind the popular HBO series Westworld. Nolan is also a frequent collaborator of his brother Christopher Nolan.

Jonathan Nolan has written the films Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and Interstellar, all of which were directed by Christopher Nolan. The duo have struck up a successful collaboration as all of the mentioned films were commercially and critically acclaimed for their writing and filmmaking.

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Jonathan Nolan on the sets of Interstellar
Jonathan Nolan on the sets of Interstellar

When the idea to turn the popular video game Fallout into a TV show began brewing at Bethesda Games, director, and executive producer Todd Howard reportedly wanted to enlist the talents of Jonathan Nolan. Howard was reportedly a fan of the director’s work as he was heavily inspired by Interstellar while developing the game Starfield

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Howard said,

“The movies he’s worked on are some of my favorites. And I’d heard that he liked video games, and had an eye for that stuff. I’d said to somebody — and I won’t say who — but I was taking a meeting with another producer, and said: ‘Before I talk to other people, I want to hear that Jonah Nolan says he’ll never do it.'”

The two then met and Nolan mentioned that he was interested in developing the show. Nolan then bought the rights to develop the show along with his wife Lisa Joy, who produces the show under the Kilter Films production banner.


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What Is The Amazon Series Fallout About?

A still from Fallout
A still from Fallout

It seems that popular video game franchises are finding the best adaptation on TV. After the success of the HBO series The Last of Us, the next in line is the sci-fi post-apocalyptic series Fallout. Based on the popular video game Fallout, the Amazon Prime Video series Fallout is set in the same post-apocalyptic retro-futuristic world that the games are set in.

The show follows Lucy, who has been living underneath the surface of the world post the nuclear apocalypse, and how she comes out of the vault on a rescue mission to find the above-ground surface filled with mutant insects, outlawed humans, and nuclear abominations.


Jonathan Nolan has reportedly directed the first three episodes of the show, which stars Ella Purnell, Walton Goggins, and Kyle MacLachlan. Todd Howard mentioned that the story displays much of the iconography of the games while exploring a different story. He said,

“A lot of pitches were, you know, ‘This is the movie of Fallout 3…’ I was like, ‘Yeah, we told that story.’ I don’t have a lot of interest in seeing those translated. I was interested in someone telling a unique Fallout story. Treat it like a game. It gives the creators of the series their own playground to play in.”

The makers assured that the story is part of the canon of the game’s lore. It is all set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on April 12, 2024.

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Written by Nishanth A

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Nishanth A is a Media, English and Psychology graduate from Bangalore. He is an avid DC fanboy and loves the films of Christopher Nolan. He has published over 400 articles on FandomWire. When he's not fixating on the entire filmography of a director, he tries to write and direct films.