If Jeffrey Katzenberg Had His Way, Breaking Bad Would Still Be Going
The CEO offered $75m for three more episodes.
Luckily, for true fans of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan and his trusty team shored up the plot without any real room for interpretation in the finale of Breaking Bad. But if things has gone Jeffrey Katzenberg’s way, we’d be looking at three more episodes of the AMC meth drama.
Never thought we'd say this, but that's enough, thanks
The CEO of DreamWorks Animation, announced during his keynote speech at the Mipcom Mart in Cannes that he offered a whopping $75 million for three more episodes. "The last series cost about $3.5 million an episode, so they would make more profit from these three shows than they made from five years of the entire series," stated Katzenberg, according to The Daily Mail.
“I said [to them], ‘I’m going to create the greatest pay-per-view television event for scripted programming anybody’s ever done,'" he recalled. “I was nuts for the show. I had no idea where this season was going.” If he’d been successful with his offer, the three episodes would have been broken up into 6-minute ‘webisodes’, airing over the space of a month at a price of $0.50-$0.99c.
"I share the story with you only to tell you that I have the courage of my convictions in this. I just think that there is a whole new platform for [short form] entertainment... and the higher the quality of the stuff that fills it, the higher people will be paid for the work that they are doing there," Katzenberg told Mipcom.
The show ended with a fitting finale, most agree
Well, we’d like to say, on behalf of all Breaking Bad fans: thank the lord of television this never happened. We’re pretty sure any real supporters of the show would agree that stretching out the show would be a bad idea. The finite nature of the ending, even if you listen to the dream theories that are abounding – quell any chance of a continuation, anyway.