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Why a Fallout movie won't happen, according to Bethesda's vice-president

08.15.2016
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Video game movies get a terrible wrap—mostly because they’re terrible. Mainstream audiences flee from them, and are usually only successful because of overseas box office receipts (see WARCRAFT or the RESIDENT EVIL franchise). But that doesn’t stop Hollywood from buying up properties in hopes to create the next great franchise. Recently, Legendary Pictures bought the rights to the POKEMON movie, while the ASSASSIN’S CREED movie is set for this December.

But not all game franchises can be bought and then turned into bad movie. In an interview with Finder, Pete Hines, Bethesda Softworks vice-president, gave a very honest and upfront answer to the possibility of a FALLOUT or ELDER SCROLLS movie:

We get asked to all the time, but the short version is; we make games. That’s what we are known for. And this conversation usually falls into the camp of; are we going to let some other person do their own interpretation of what Fallout is, or Elder Scrolls is, or Dishonored is? Or are we going to hold onto it and let the developers be the only ones that are able to say, ‘this is what Fallout is, or Elder Scrolls, or Wolfenstein, or whatever?'

Just like everyone who puts a large amount of time into all their creations Hines and everyone at the company love their games with a passion, and the idea of not being able to have full say over how the movie will turn out is a big reason why a movie version of any of their games will probably never happen:

Even when they say, “oh no, you will have total control,” well, I don’t know anybody who actually has total control over the film adaptation of their video game. If you did, why would you not just make it yourself? Of course the film studio and the scriptwriter and the director are going to have a tonne of say. They will have their own vision. So we get asked all the time, but we see it as a distraction. We’re a video games company; let’s do what we know.

Unless, however, one director came a knockin’:

I think if Peter Jackson turned up at Todd Howard’s office and said, “I want to do Elder Scrolls,” well that would be a pretty serious conversation you would have to listen to. But I think Peter is probably pretty busy (laughs).

I haven’t really put much time (or any, really) into a FALLOUT or ELDER SCROLLS game, but anyone who’s a fan of the games may like to see a really well-done film version. However, Hine’s philosophy deserves a lot of kudos. Many have lost their creative control once it’s time to make a movie out of their creation, so the idea to just nip the whole thing in the bud and say "no" before anything gets rolling is a smart move from Hines. This way, they can just keep making good games, instead of making a bad movie. I mean, do we really need another RESIDENT EVIL franchise on our hands? No…the answer is no.

Source: Finder

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6:17PM on 08/15/2016
I think Fallout would make for a great TV show. I know post apocalyptic settings arn't all that rare but this one is different. I'd keep it closer to Fallout 3, with the protagonist never having stepped foot outside the vault before. So that way as a viewer, we discover this new world along with them.
I think Fallout would make for a great TV show. I know post apocalyptic settings arn't all that rare but this one is different. I'd keep it closer to Fallout 3, with the protagonist never having stepped foot outside the vault before. So that way as a viewer, we discover this new world along with them.
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10:33AM on 08/15/2016
Remember, when Peter Jackson asked to direct LOTR he was just the guy who did Frighteners. Also a bit pompous to allude to the idea that FallOut is even remotely as rich and important a story as LOTR, but yes I'd agree; focus on games, cause judging by the last FallOut they need a little work.
Remember, when Peter Jackson asked to direct LOTR he was just the guy who did Frighteners. Also a bit pompous to allude to the idea that FallOut is even remotely as rich and important a story as LOTR, but yes I'd agree; focus on games, cause judging by the last FallOut they need a little work.
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10:22AM on 08/15/2016
Fallout has an interesting concept in the Vaults, but other than that, movies like Road Warrior, A Boy and His Dog, and a whole slew of bad post-apocalyptic and zombie movies cover the same territory as these games. Not even taking into consideration the poor track record for video-games-to-film, I don't think we need this.
Fallout has an interesting concept in the Vaults, but other than that, movies like Road Warrior, A Boy and His Dog, and a whole slew of bad post-apocalyptic and zombie movies cover the same territory as these games. Not even taking into consideration the poor track record for video-games-to-film, I don't think we need this.
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