Another popular video game will likely make its way to the silver screen. Fallout 3, the most recent of the many award-winning titles by Bethesda Game Studios has passed through the first stage on the way to becoming a feature film.
The folks over at the gaming website Joystiq picked up on some interesting information regarding the Bethesda intellectual property. They found from the US Patent and Trademark Office website that Bethesda filed trademark claims for Fallout in “entertainment services in the nature of an on-going television program” and “motion picture films about a post-nuclear apocalyptic world.”
The Fallout games take place in the future of an alternate timeline where the world was devastated by nuclear war. The more recent (and more successful) Fallout 3 takes place in 2277, nearly four decades after its predecessor and follows the protagonist as he grows up in Vault 101 (an underground nuclear shelter). The real story takes place when the main character is forced to leave Vault 101 and journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland when his father disappears.
Bethesda is historically known for its Elder Scrolls franchise which includes the incredible Morrowind and Oblivion games (I like both better than Fallout 3). It was only in 2007 when they purchased the Fallout license from Interplay and took that story and universe and meshed it with the type of open-world 3-D RPG gameplay that the Elder Scrolls games utilize to make Fallout 3.
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This isn’t major news and it’s no confirmation on a development of a film. What this does tell us is that they’re interested in expanding the franchise and joining in on the trend of upcoming video game-based films. What’s important to me are that these movies need to quickly break the trend of video game movies all sucking.
Currently we’re sitting in the age of Comic Book movies but with dozens of major video game properties being licensed and sold to major studios, we can expect many of today’s popular games becoming movies and setting a new trend in the not too distance future.
What do you think of a Fallout-style of movie?