At this point we’ve seen plenty of movies based on video games (most of them not so good), but for whatever reason there still haven’t been all that many TV shows based on video games. Sure, there have been a handful of cartoons over the years, but live-action shows have remained all but non-existent, which seems a bit strange given the amount of TV content being produced these days. Netflix’s The Witcher is one of the few exceptions (although the games are based on a series of books) and the success of that show could be le change. HBO is working on a series based on The Last of Us and that Halo TV series is supposedly still happening at Showtime. Now we can also add Fallout and My Friend Pedro to the list of games coming to TV in the near future. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Amazon has acquired the rights to produce a TV series based on the Fallout games from Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks. Westworld creators and executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are the ones developing the show and it is their second project at Amazon after already landing a series adaptation of William Gibson’s The Peripheral. Fallout takes place in a retro-themed post-apocalyptic future where the U.S. has been devastated by a nuclear apocalypse and humans have taken shelter in underground vaults.
Meanwhile, Legendary Television is setting up a TV series based on My Friend Pedro, the violent but cartoony action game developed by DeadToast and published by Devolver Digital. The game revolves around a man tasked with infiltrating a criminal underworld and instructed to take out thugs by a talking banana. John Wick director Derek Kolstad has signed on to executive produce and write the screenplay. This sounds like it could be a weird one, but it is only being described as “an R-rated half-hour comedy-drama.” Are you looking forward to either of these TV shows?