Amazon’s ‘Fallout’ Series Sets Jonathan Nolan As Director, ‘Captain Marvel’ Writer As Co-Showrunner

Not to be outdone by HBO’s post-apocalyptic The Last of Us series based on the bestselling video game franchise, Amazon got the ball rolling with Westworld duo Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy on their show based on the Fallout games. And now it’s taken a gigantic leap forward by setting Nolan as a director, while the actual showrunning duo has been named.

According to Deadline, Jonathan Nolan will produce and also direct the Fallout series pilot. Nolan doesn’t actually get behind the camera that often, although he has been at the helm of some Westworld episodes and his other show Person of Interest. Unlike his wife Lisa Joy, who recently made her directorial debut with Reminiscence, Nolan has never directed a feature although he’s co-written plenty with his brother Christopher.

Furthermore, co-showrunning Fallout will be Captain Marvel scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Silicon Valley‘s Graham Wagner.

Fallout is set decades into an alternate future in which the U.S. was devastated by nuclear war in the 1940s. The games follow an inhabitant,  of a nuclear shelter who is forced to venture out into the wastelands above to save his people. It’s unclear which of the games’ many stories the series will tell, but perhaps we’ll learn more once casting starts.

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