In 2023, Howard served as director for the sci-fi video game “Starfield,” and he admitted that his galaxy-exploration game was deeply inspired by “Interstellar.” A few years ago, when the “Fallout” TV series was still in the works, Howard recalled desperately wanting Jonathan Nolan to oversee it. Even if he felt there was little chance Nolan would take on the project, Howard had to make darn sure:
“The movies he’s worked on are some of my favorites. And I’d heard that he liked video games, and had an eye for that stuff. I’d said to somebody — and I won’t say who — but I was taking a meeting with another producer, and said: ‘Before I talk to other people, I want to hear that Jonah Nolan says he’ll never do it.'”
This pie-in-the-sky dream actually led to a meeting between Howard and Nolan, and the seeds were planted. Nolan, it seems, was indeed interested. Nolan and List Joy acquired the TV rights to “Fallout” shortly thereafter and got to work. In the “Fallout” games, the player controls a mute, nameless character, so it was up to Nolan and Joy to invent characters and a story arc set in the “Fallout” world. The new series may not bear any direct similarities to “Interstellar” apart from their respective future settings, but Howard must have been glad that the co-writer of one of his favorite movies was in charge.
Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner as serving as showrunners on “Fallout,” which will begin streaming on Prime Video on April 12, 2024.