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Is Bethesda Working on a Fallout TV Show?

By - Source: Eurogramer | B 21 comments

Bethesda has registered a trademark with the USPTO describing the Fallout series.

Eurogamer reports that Bethesda Softworks, the publisher of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, has registered a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for "an ongoing television program set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world." Sound familiar? It should considering that's the backdrop to Bethesda's highly-coveted Fallout series.

The news follows several tweets posted by voice actor Erik Todd Dellums, aka DJ Three Dog from Fallout 3, who stated that "there may be more of the Dog coming! Fingers crossed!" His tweet included the #ThreeDog and #Fallout3 hashtags, and was followed by another tease that confirmed the first tease.

"How was that for a tease! I was given permission to release that tease, so fingers crossed," Dellums added. What a tease.

Originally there was speculation that he was hinting to an unannounced Fallout 4, but he may have been talking about the TV show instead. How this series will be brought to the small screen is unknown at this point, but if he's providing the voice of DJ Three Dog, then it's likely to be animated or full-blown CGI.

Fallout: New Vegas, developed by Obsidian Entertainment, is the latest installment of the Fallout series, released back in 2010. Fallout 3, developed by Bethesda Game Studios, was launched in 2008 and takes place in Washington D.C. and the surrounding area. Bethesda developers are supposedly "scoping out and researching" Boston as the stage in the next installment in the series, Fallout 4.

Still, with the success of The Walking Dead on AMC, it wouldn't be surprising to see Bethesda follow suit and bring the popular post-apocalyptic series to the small screen. Everything is just a rumor for now, so stay tuned.

 

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    tarzan2001 , January 17, 2013 4:32 AM
    I'd definitely watch a Fallout show! I really enjoyed Fallout 3, thought I haven't played Fallout: New Vegas yet. CGI animation has improved quite a bit in recent years, and would probably be a good fit for the Fallout world. I personally like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Transformers Prime. Both are done very well. Tron: Uprising is also has very nice visuals with its combination of traditional animation and CGI.
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    tarzan2001 , January 17, 2013 4:32 AM
    I'd definitely watch a Fallout show! I really enjoyed Fallout 3, thought I haven't played Fallout: New Vegas yet. CGI animation has improved quite a bit in recent years, and would probably be a good fit for the Fallout world. I personally like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Transformers Prime. Both are done very well. Tron: Uprising is also has very nice visuals with its combination of traditional animation and CGI.
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    shikamaru31789 , January 17, 2013 5:49 AM
    I'd definitely enjoy a Fallout tv show, but that tweet had gotten my hopes up about Fallout 4. All the speculation about it being a launch title for the NextBox and PS4 had me very excited. Well, at least Fallout 4 rumors existed long before the tweet, so there's still a chance we'll get it this year.
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    smuggl3r , January 17, 2013 6:05 AM
    I would love a Fallout TV show. But please don't make it an anime. Most of the Fallout fans are not kids.
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    anort3 , January 17, 2013 7:03 AM
    If it was done right and rated R or TV MA then it could be good. I'd love for HBO or Showtime to pick this up.
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    abbadon_34 , January 17, 2013 8:20 AM
    +1 anort3. I'm skeptical they would make true to the series, network tv would kill it, and even Walking Dead style wouldn't do it justice. Only HBO, Showtime, or STARZ would do it justice. I love Fallout, and I'd rather they do nothing than ruin it with a family friendly PG13 version, and boring drawnout dramas of character devolepement and forced social issues (nuclear war in the 1950's is enough for me).
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    Memnarchon , January 17, 2013 8:25 AM
    At long last. I was watching Revolution series in order to see something similar to Fallout. Now the original will come. :D 
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    Anonymous , January 17, 2013 8:45 AM
    This article contains some factual inaccuracies. The Fallout mar was registered for TV purposes in 2009.

    As Bethesda chose not to use it for those purposes, they renewed it the maximum permitted 5 times.

    The existing Trademark is due to expire. Beth had 3 choices - use it, lose it, theregister it.

    Ultimately this is not news - it is Bethesda maintaining the status quo. It would be news only if they submitted a certificate confirming use.

    http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Agent_c/Fallout_re-trademarked_for_a_TV_series%3F
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    killerclick , January 17, 2013 9:48 AM
    Probably would not watch. I only have so much time for entertainment, and I'd much rather creep around the wasteland than watch someone else do it.
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    hoofhearted , January 17, 2013 9:50 AM
    They should spend more time worrying about getting the Dragonborn DLC out for the PC and less time on this. After all, the Xbox exclusivity date has passed.
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    Anonymous , January 17, 2013 12:10 PM
    If there ever was a Fallout TV show, I would watch it if it was live action. If it is CGI, or animation (pretty much all CGI these days), I wouldn't even give it a second look.
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    RipperjackAU , January 17, 2013 1:00 PM
    I'd watch the show, so long as it doesn't have Felicia Day in it. I've seen enough of that wannabe girl geek, media tart, in enough rubbish, as it is!
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    xpeh , January 17, 2013 1:07 PM
    smuggl3rI would love a Fallout TV show. But please don't make it an anime. Most of the Fallout fans are not kids.


    Anime isn't only for kids, and neither are cartoons. Actually, I'd say that more anime has adults as their target audience. I'd still prefer that Fallout be a live action TV series.
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    bllue , January 17, 2013 1:41 PM
    If you've seen Nuka Break series by Wayside Productions you can see a Fallout TV show can be possible if done right. Nuka Break adds comedic touches to the post-apocalyptic world and I think humor is necessary to have in a Fallout TV show because the Fallout games do have quite a bit of humor in them (Wild Wasteland for example). A gruesome, post-apocalyptic world with memorable characters and humor thrown would be perfect.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , January 17, 2013 2:38 PM
    I would watch it...
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    soccerplayer88 , January 17, 2013 3:08 PM
    Just don't let Obsidian touch the next Fallout game.
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    ithurtswhenipee , January 17, 2013 4:46 PM
    abbadon_34+1 anort3. I'm skeptical they would make true to the series, network tv would kill it, and even Walking Dead style wouldn't do it justice. Only HBO, Showtime, or STARZ would do it justice. I love Fallout, and I'd rather they do nothing than ruin it with a family friendly PG13 version, and boring drawnout dramas of character devolepement and forced social issues (nuclear war in the 1950's is enough for me).


    I think it would be wiser for them to produce a feature length movie first. Then based on the success of that release, move to a television series. The thing about a tv series is that there would need to be boring dramatic character development in order to keep people watching. If you just wanted an action narrative of someone getting out of a vault an getting to some objective in the post nuclear environment, than a movie would be sufficient.
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    susyque747 , January 17, 2013 7:39 PM
    Bethesda games are my favorite and Fallout 3 is probably my favorite of all time even though SkyRim rocks too.
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    _Cubase_ , January 17, 2013 9:18 PM
    Ever since seeing Book of Eli I have wanted to see a fallout style universe on TV. If it is done as well as the Walking Dead series I'M IN!!!!
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    Cy-Kill , January 18, 2013 12:18 AM
    smuggl3rI would love a Fallout TV show. But please don't make it an anime. Most of the Fallout fans are not kids.


    It's obvious you know nothing about anime, or even watch any, because there's tonnes of anime that isn't for kids!
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    jono009 , January 18, 2013 1:22 AM
    I would watch a fallout TV show, but only if it did NOT have that incredbly annoying three dog. One of the first mods I got was to remove his ass from the game and just keep the music...
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