Bryan Cranston is going to star in a TV version of the award-winning play, ‘All The Way’ on HBO after the pay cable giant has obtained the rights. The Breaking Bad actor will stroll into the studios with a Tony award in one hand and probably a Primetime Emmy in the other.
Bryan Cranston holds aloft his Tony Award
Cranston has already stunned Broadway with his turn as president Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s play, which tracks the charismatic, outspoken leader from his inauguration following the assassination of President Kennedy through to the Vietnam War, right up to the landmark civil rights bill.
Judging by a fleeting interview with Vulture, it looks as though we’ll be faced with an HBO movie, not a miniseries. "I don't know if it's a miniseries as much as an HBO movie," Cranston explained. "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."
Cranston will reprise the Tony Award-winning role with Steven Spielberg executive producing and Robert Schenkkan penning the screenplay. Aaron Paul is playing Vice President Hubert Horatio Humphrey. Just joking. Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions, and Moon Shot Entertainment will produce the film for HBO.
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Next up for Cranston, though, is the small matter of picking up his fourth Emmy award for portraying Walter White. This time, a dishevelled, revenge-fuelled Walter White in season 5 of AMC’s now-legendary meth crime-drama. Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Woody Harrelson (True Detective), Matthew McConaughey (True Detective) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) all stand in his way, but we consider him a strong favourite in that category.