“It’s almost like we’re Fallout 5”: Jonathan Nolan Cements the Amazon Prime Show in the Same Universe as the Games With One Simple Explanation

A television sequel to Fallout 4 has a nice ring to it.

"It's almost like we're Fallout 5": Jonathan Nolan Cements the Amazon Prime Show in the Same Universe as the Games With One Simple Explanation

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  • The upcoming Fallout TV show will carve its own path in the games' universe.
  • Creator Jonathan Nolan had the freedom to create a new story for the series.
  • It will be set in the same universe but will not be a typical frame-by-frame adaptation.
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The curse that had followed games being adapted into movies or television series seems to have lifted for a while, and the upcoming Fallout TV show looks to continue the upward spiral.

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With the massive success of HBO’s The Last of Us and Netflix’s Arcane, gaming stories are finally making their proper way into other mediums, and much of the reason for that is the increased faithfulness that the creators have started adhering to while adapting a piece of beloved source material, even when they put their own spins on it.

Keeping the trend alive, the creator of the Amazon Prime series has suggested that the show will take place in the same universe as the games, which is something fans of the franchise will probably appreciate.

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The Fallout Show Isn’t Going to Be a Typical Adaptation

The Fallout TV show seems to be carving its own path in the beloved video game universe.
The Fallout show seems to be carving its own path in the beloved game universe.

In a conversation with Total Film magazine, the creator of the Fallout TV show, Jonathan Nolan, spoke in detail about what fans of the franchise can expect from the upcoming series. Considering the fact that the fourth and last mainline numbered game was released nearly nine years ago in 2015, one comment by Nolan stood out from the rest.

The Amazon Prime show does not look like it is going to be a typical adaptation because it will apparently carve its own path in the games’ universe.

The Fallout TV series creator stated that it is “almost like we’re Fallout 5,” which gives Jonathan Nolan a lot more possibilities to explore since the show does not have to be a frame-by-frame carbon copy of the video games. That is not to say that the Amazon Prime series will not be canon, but it will create its own narrative that feels like an authentic continuation after Fallout 4.

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The executive producer says that the team is extremely “excited about an original story” and that it has had a conversation about it with Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard, who seems to be on board with the fresh concept.

Nolan Compares the Upcoming Fallout Series With Batman

Adapting Fallout for Amazon Prime is reminiscent of working on The Dark Knight Trilogy for Jonathan Nolan.
Adapting Fallout for Prime is reminiscent of working on The Dark Knight Trilogy for Jonathan Nolan.

What sets the franchise apart is that there is a lot going on in its universe, and one can create countless stories out of it because of its huge potential.

Which is why Jonathan Nolan states that the Prime TV series “is closest to the work we did in adapting Batman” due to the possibilities being endless as “there is no canonical version of it, so you’re free to invent your own.”

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The show creator is aware that every game in the series follows its own story, setting, and characters while sticking to a core concept, which is what the upcoming television show aims to do as well.

Would you rather watch the TV show or play a fifth mainline game in the series? Let us know in the comments!

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Extensively talking about everything pop culture is something Osama truly enjoys doing, so when it started to get a little annoying in person, he joined FandomWire and found a whole community to share his thoughts with. He consumes media in almost all forms, including linear story-based video games (The Last of Us), hip-hop/R&B music (The Weeknd), top-tier television (Better Call Saul), classic movies (Superbad), as well as reading books and watching anime.