Fallout movies not ruled out by Bethesda, but “nothing’s quite clicked” yet

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 11 March 2016 17:04 GMT

Bethesda isn’t bringing its Fallout franchise to the big screen any time soon, according to executive producer Todd Howard.


Speaking with GI.biz, Howard said over the years he’s had a number of meetings for movie pitches, but nothing has “clicked” yet.

“We’ve had a couple of in-roads, particularly with Fallout, which is a bit stickier than Elder Scrolls, but everybody’s kind of asked and I’ve taken a number of meetings over the years and nothing quite clicked,” he said.

“And that may happen. I don’t rule it out, but nothing really has clicked where – the games are popular enough and that’s their identity.”

Howard feels should a Fallout movie have been released, fans of the franchise would have felt “different” about Fallout 4 when it was announced.

“One of them [the film or the game] wouldn’t be quite right and you wouldn’t want that to be the game [should] the movie take it in another direction,” he said. “I would say we have a pretty high bar as far as what we would want it to be if it ever happened and nothing’s quite clicked.

“Even little things like, ‘What does the vault suit look like?’ – every little thing we obsess over so the game is the thing where it really exists.”

Back in 1998 when Interplay owned the rights to the Fallout IP, a film was planned but cancelled. A division of the company called Interplay Films was formed specifically to create films based on the franchise.

The script for the Fallout film, to be written by Brent V. Friedman (Dark Skies, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and three treatments were submitted before the release of Fallout 2.

Interplay Films was dissolved in 2000 before a deal could be struck. Friedman released a copy of the second treatment in 2011, and you can still read it online through this PDF link.

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