When news hit the Internet that Xavier Gens, who directed the 2007 movie version of the Hitman videogame, is going to direct a movie called The Fallout users went: “Shitty director. Feel bad for Fallout fans” . . .

Another user remarked that Fallout would make an awesome movie [...] only thing is Hitman [...] could have been done so much better.” He concludes: “I hope Mr Xavier Gens doesn't mess it up as it would be a huge disappointment as there's so many of us who have played and loved Fallout.”

Both users are of course referring to Fallout, a series of role-playing games (RPGs) published by Interplay and, later, Bethesda Softworks. The first two Fallout games were released way back in 1997 and 1998. The latest instalment in the franchise, Fallout 3, was released somewhat more recently on October 28, 2008 by Bethesda.

Internet users it seemed immediately assumed that the movie was based on the computer game. Only problem is, it isn’t . . .

As remarked, “unlike his [Gens’] adaptation of the Eidos video game Hitman, this one isn’t an adaptation of the long-running RPG series of the same name.”

Could have fooled us . . .

Similar titles aside, both the Bethesda videogame and Gens’ upcoming movie share a post-apocalyptic scenario:

The movie

According to Variety: “Little was said on the plot of the film, only that it was set in a New York City apartment building that was converted to a fallout shelter in this new post-apocalyptic world.” says that The Fallout is billed as “a thriller that combines elements of Assault on Precinct 13 with Lord of the Flies in a story of survival.”

“Xavier’s vision for this film is extraordinary. He brings a visual edge to this fascinating exploration of the human condition,” remarked producer Ross Dinerstein.

"Giant Insects, Raiders, Slavers, and yes, even Super Mutants . . .

“With a collective of End of the World movies hitting the theatres presently, this film will undoubtedly stand out like a ravenous Pit bull in a school playground . . . brace yourselves cause this film has a serious bite to it!” said Producer Darryn Welch.

The game supplies the below description of the first Fallout game:

“It's the year 2161, 84 years after a two-hour-long war that destroyed most of civilization. Mankind soldiers on, living out a hardscrabble life on the surface or holing up in great Vaults built inside caves. You're a member of Vault 13 somewhere in Southern California, and the Vault Overseer's got a job for you: find a replacement water purification chip within 150 days, or your home is doomed.”

And the latest game?

“For 200 years, Vault 101, a fallout shelter, has faithfully served the surviving residents of Washington DC and its environs, now known as the Capital Wasteland. Though the global atomic war of 2077 left the US all but destroyed, the residents of Vault 101 enjoy a life free from the constant stress of the outside world. Giant Insects, Raiders, Slavers, and yes, even Super Mutants are all no match for superior Vault-Tec engineering. Yet one fateful morning, you awake to find that your father has defied the Overseer and left the comfort and security afforded by Vault 101 for reasons unknown. Leaving the only home you've ever known, you emerge from the Vault into the harsh Wasteland sun to search for your father, and the truth.”

Now I don’t know if there is a lawsuit in there somewhere, but doesn’t the plot synopsis for the game sound that much cooler? Maybe Gens & Co. should change their plans and adapt the game instead of something that sounds like a cheap knockoff of the game.

Then again, as one user put it: “Not sure about that Xavier guy cause Hitman sucked . . .”

Production on The Fallout will begin this coming February in Eastern Europe.

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