Jonathan Nolan Says Giving FALLOUT Fans Everything They Want In A Live-Action Adaptation Is A "Fool's Errand"

Jonathan Nolan Says Giving FALLOUT Fans Everything They Want In A Live-Action Adaptation Is A "Fool's Errand"

Jonathan Nolan serves as executive producer and director for Amazon's live-action Fallout adaptation and he recently made some controversial statements about trying to please fans of the video game series.

By MarkJulian - Mar 17, 2024 06:03 PM EST
Filed Under: Television
Source: T3.com

It seems Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight, Westworld) made some controversial statements while attending a press event to promote the upcoming release of Amazon's live-action Fallout television series.

However, to be clear, you have to understand the nuances in Nolan's statement.

He's not stating that making the Fallout show that satisfies fans is a "fool's errand" but that having that as the 'only' reason to make the show, is the wrong approach. 

Said Nolan, "I don't think you really can set out to please the fans of anything. Or please anyone other than yourself. I think you have to come into this trying to make the show that you want to make and trusting that, as fans of the game [ourselves], we would find the pieces that were essential to us... and try to do the best version."

He went on to reveal that he's a longtime fan of the Fallout franchise, stating, "It started, for me, with Fallout 3,  which devoured about a year of my life. I was an aspiring young writer at that point, and it almost derailed my entire career. It's so ludicrously playable and fun... seriously, the games were just incredible."

He concluded his remarks by stating, "It's kind of a fool's errand to try to figure out how to make [other] people happy... You've got to make yourself happy. And I've made myself very happy with the show."

Amazon's Fallout series premieres on April 12. All 8 episodes will drop on the same day.

Nolan and his wife, Lisa Joy developed the series for Amazon, hiring Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner to serve as co-showrunners. Nolan directed the first three episodes of the show.

The adaptation will star Walton Goggins in the dual role of The Ghoul / Cooper Howard, alongside Ella Purnell as Lucy, Aaron Moten as Maximus, Kyle MacLachlan as Hank, Michael Emerson as Wilzig and Johnny Pemberton as Thaddeus.

Official Synopsis: Based on one of the greatest video game series of all time, Fallout is the story of haves and have-nots in a world in which there’s almost nothing left to have. 200 years after the apocalypse, the gentle denizens of luxury fallout shelters are forced to return to the irradiated hellscape their ancestors left behind — and are shocked to discover an incredibly complex, gleefully weird and highly violent universe waiting for them. From executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the creators of Westworld, starring Ella Purnell, Aaron Moten, Walton Goggins and more. All episodes arrive April 11 on Prime Video.

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calicojack5333
calicojack5333 - 3/19/2024, 7:46 AM
"You've got to make yourself happy." This is a primary reason so many movies are awful, especially movies based on or representing something from popular culture. Yes, at times it's difficult to translate things onto the big screen but instead of being skilled and sticking to the source material they put their own spin on it and it polarizes the very ones that want to support the work. If you can't get the support of the fans what hope do have of reaching a wider audience? Take the Mandalorian vs Halo series. The Mandalorian proves an actor can exude personality even under a helmet and the series was widely popular. Halo on the other hand has not only added useless characters (Kwan) but has spit in fans faces with the decision to rarely have Master Chief in his armor. I thought the purpose of studios making entertainment was to make money. That is not achieved by making one person (the director) happy but by making the audience happy.

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