On July 2, Amazon Studios’ Twitter account teased the announcement of an upcoming television series based on the award-winning video game franchise, Fallout. The tweet featured a video with the indian-head test pattern and a message, “Please Standby,”which has become a staple in the post-apocalyptic role-playing franchise since Bethesda Game Studios released the teaser for Fallout 3 in 2007. The tweet was then retweeted by the official Fallout Twitter account, which got a response from Erik Todd Dellums, the voice actor for “Three Dog,” the DJ for “Galaxy News Radio” in Fallout 3.Dellums tweeted: “"I think I know a guy who knows a guy who could play #ThreeDog! #Share love.”
(Image credit: Amazon Studios) Since it is not known where or when the Fallout television series will take place, when speaking with Dellums he was keen on the possibility of the show being set during the events of Fallout 3, which is set in a post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C., especially because of today’s current political state. “I have a feeling and this is probably going to be another plus for ‘Three Dog,[Fallout 3’s Galaxy News Radio DJ] that this society has been so focused on politics that I just think that it probably will have to focus on what is occurring in Fallout 3,” Dellums said In Fallout 3, set in Washington, D.C., you play as the “Lone Wander” in hopes to find your dad after he suddenly openned Vault 101, a large fallout shelter that housed families just as the nuclear holocaust began in 2077. While looking for your father, a new form of the US Government known as the Enclave is commanded by the now president of the US, John Henry Eden, a xenophobic dictator who orders his Enclave military to eliminate any survivors of the nuclear holocaust, no matter how radioactive they are. Fortunately for the survivors, the Brotherhood of Steel, the opposing military force protects and sometimes recruits the survivors to protect them from the acts of genocide that the Enclave was committing. While the war against the Enclave and Brotherhood of Steel goes on, Three Dog is the only form of news available to the survivors and does help point you in the right direction to where your father went. If the Fallout television series does take place in Washington, D.C., Dellum’s character would be the only form of news for the people, unless the show changes that.
(Image credit: Bethesda Game Studios) Fallout 4 focuses heavily on synthetic humans, or “Synths” as they’re referred to in the game. The Synths are created in the “Institute,” a fictional version of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Fallout series is being showran by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, the creators of HBO’s award-winning show, Westworld that is heavily focused on synthetic humans. While it has been about 12 years since Dellums has appeared in the Fallout franchise, he is curious about the approach the showrunners will take on this show. “I’m very curious about what they’ve learned when creating Westworld and how they will be adapting it into Fallout, Dellums told me. “I think they [Joy and Nolan] are the ideal group of producers.” In late December, Netflix premiered the first season of its live-action series, “The Witcher,” which was based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher” novels, but gained popularity from the success of CD Projekt Red’s video game adaptation of the novels. While Netflix’s monster-slaying series was a success, there are now three different adaptations of Sapkowski’s series, whereas Fallout has always just been a game, which Dellums hopes will expedite the show’s production. “I have no idea how long it will take to develop Fallout, but the good thing is that since it is based on a game that already has dialogue, I think this would be much easier to adapt instead of a novel.” While the video game series is getting a television series, Amazon Studios will have Bethesda Game Studios work with Nolan and Joy to aid in the production of Fallout. While there is no cast or plot announced yet, there still are more than a handful of Fallout titles you can play in the meantime.