Publisher and developer Bethesda’s director and executive producer, Todd Howard, says, ‘I don’t rule it out,’ when it comes to a Fallout movie ever happening.
During a recent interview with the outlet gamesindustry.biz, Bethesda‘s Todd Howard confirmed that he’s turned down numerous offers to adapt the Fallout franchise to the big screen, because none of the ideas provided to him have been good enough to match the original games yet. Interestingly enough, though, the Fallout 4 director went on to say that the possibility of a film version for the post-apocalyptic RPG is still on the table.
As Bethesda‘s executive producer, Howard explained that he and his team members put forth a lofty standard for the studio’s products and anything relating to the company, so in order to maintain the integrity of its releases, quality assurance is of the utmost importance. Regarding the matter, Howard said:
“I’ve taken a number of meetings [for movie pitches] over the years and nothing quite clicked where I felt, ‘Oh, that would be as good as the game.’ 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.
“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.”
Not only is Howard meticulous when it comes to nailing the more minute aspects of the franchise for film audiences, but he is also concerned that should a Fallout movie ever happen, it would be a conflict of interest with two separate universes existing, which is something the upcoming Assassin‘s Creed movie is attempting to reckon with. The Bethesda exec went on to say, “If there had been a Fallout movie, you’d feel different about Fallout when we’d announced Fallout 4, and one of them wouldn’t be quite right and you wouldn’t want that to be the game, where the movie takes it in another direction.”
Considering the objective fact that the majority of video game movies are bad, Todd Howard has thankfully passed on the ideas pitched to him thus far for a Fallout film. Post-apocalyptic flicks aren’t terrible — the most recent Mad Max is an exceptional example of that notion — but the the materials from Bethesda’s action-RPG titles just wouldn’t translate well to motion pictures.
Quite frankly, storytelling in gaming is just too different from the narratives found on the silver screen for them to be converted into the medium. Sure, a few adaptations have succeeded, but it took massive amounts of revisions to the core elements of the source material to make them work, ultimately turning the tales into shells of their former selves. Bearing that in mind, hopefully, we won’t see a Fallout movie within our lifetimes.
What do you think about the possibility of a Fallout movie making its way to theaters? If it ever gets the green light, which game in the series do you believe would be the best inspiration for the story? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Bethesda‘s most recent release is Fallout 4, and it’s available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.