Todd Howard on Potential Starfield and Elder Scrolls Shows: “I’ll Probably Say No”

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Fallout may the only Bethesda property that receives the live-action treatment, according to new statements that Todd Howard, the celebrated game designer, director, and producer behind some of today’s most popular RPGs, gave during a recent interview to the gaming press. Howard, who originally joined Bethesda in 1994, is credited as an executive producer on Amazon and Kilter Films’ new series, which began streaming yesterday on Prime Video.

Howard on whether he’s up for more adaptations:

  • “I don’t know. There’s nothing in the works.”
  • “Everybody asks, like, about Elder Scrolls, and I keep saying no also. And I would approach those – I’ll probably say no. You never know if someone’s gonna click.”
  • “But I think [Fallout] really came out of, ‘we think things are aligning to do a high-quality job.’ It wasn’t forced.”
  • “It was kind of a natural relationship and ‘hey, this sounds really cool.’ As opposed to, ‘we should have a show,’ right? It never came from that.”

As for how the Falllout series came to be:

  • “Everyone wanted to make a (Fallout) TV show or a movie, and I was like, ‘nahhh.’ I wasn’t really feeling it.”
  • “…[but] I met Jonah – Jonathan Nolan – and I love his work: The Dark Knight, Interstellar, Person of Interest, and then Westworld, and he and I kind of hit it off.”
  • “And I felt like, ‘hey, do you wanna do this? I’d like to approach it like it’s another entry in the games.'”
  • “Like, let’s do a new location, new story, let him and his crazy lunatic people he works with kind of do what they do…and we’re really happy with how it turned out.”

A part of the interview:

@ign Todd Howard says he’ll probably say no to other Bethesda adaptations. #fallout #tv #show #streaming #primevideo #bethesda #skyrim #ign #redcarpet #celebrity #premiere #gaming #videogames ♬ original sound – IGN

Amazon’s synopsis for Fallout, which is now streaming:

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. Two-hundred 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.


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