Fallout TV series director says pleasing fans is a “fool’s errand”

Fallout TV Series

The director and driving force behind the Fallout TV series recently spoke at a press event ahead of its premiere, revealing he’s not pandering to fans of the series.

Fallout TV series director and creator Jonathan Nolan talked at the event (via T3), where the showrunner said trying to appease fans of the game is “a fool’s errand.”

“I don’t think you really can set out to please the fans of anything,” Nolan said. “Or please anyone other than yourself.”

He added, “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.”

So where did Nolan start his experience with the Fallout games? The first on Bethesda worked on after acquiring the series – Fallout 3.

“It started, for me, with Fallout 3,  which devoured about a year of my life,” he said. “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.”

Jonathan is actually the brother of renowned film director Christopher Nolan and has worked on a number of adaptations for popular IPs like Westworld and even Batman, the latter of which he co-wrote with Christopher on The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

“It’s such a rare and unbelievable thing that I’ve gotten to do twice in my career, to take something that you love and get a chance to play in that universe, to create your own version,” he said. “The first go-round for me was Batman, and this time with Fallout – a a series of games that I absolutely loved.”

Lastly, when asked if he’s happy with how the new Fallout TV series has turned out, Nolan had some choice words on pleasing fans.

“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,” he said.

The Fallout TV series will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on April 12th, 2024, and all eight episodes will be available to binge from day one.

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