Fresh from winning Best Actor at the Tony Awards last June 9, 2014 for his role as President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway production of “All the Way,” Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) may soon be back to television to reprise this very same role. Read on to learn more about “All the Way.”
According to Deadline, Steven Spielberg is keen on bringing the play into the small screen via Amblin, his production company, and he wants Cranston on board. Details of the planned TV adaptation have yet to be ironed out, as it isn’t clear whether this will be airing on HBO, where Spielberg has a good relationship, or AMC, where Cranston has left a mark for “Breaking Bad.”
“They want to see and honor the story, and so if it needs to be maybe four hours then it might be a two-hour and two-hour kind of thing,” says Cranston in an interview with Vulture, clarifying whether “All the Way” for TV will be made into a limited event series or a TV movie.
“All the Way” follows the first few years of the Johnson Administration and touches on the president’s accomplishments and pitfalls in passing the Civil Rights legislation that lead to his successful reelection. The show opened on stage last July 28, 2012 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. But by March 2014, its staging was moved to the Neil Simon Theater on Broadway in New York, where it received critical praise. It ran until June 2014.
A sequel to the stage play is currently in production, but this will not form part of the TV adaptation.
Meanwhile, Cranston is currently busy writing his memoir entitled, “Say My Name,” which is taken from a line that his famous “Breaking Bad” character said on the show.
“I don’t know if that will stick. They’re just calling it that for now to see if that works,” clarified Cranston in the Entertainment Weekly report about choosing the book’s title. We think, however, that it fits perfectly.
We’ll be keeping tabs on news about the television adaptation of “All the Way” here at Movie News Guide (MNG). In the meantime, watch Bryan Cranston’s performance that won him a Tony in the video below.
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