Bryan Cranston Headed to HBO

Jul 17, 2014  •  Post A Comment

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston — who has won three Emmys as outstanding lead actor for his portrayal of Walter White on the AMC show — has been lured to HBO.

The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that Cranston will revive his Tony-winning Broadway role as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in an adaptation of the play “All the Way” for the pay-cable channel.

“‘All the Way’ dramatizes the tumultuous 12-month period that began in November 1963 with John F. Kennedy's assassination and ended with Johnson's electoral victory over Sen. Barry Goldwater, and touches on the many pivotal events along the way, including the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the infamous murders of activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Mississippi and the contentious 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.,” the piece notes.

Amblin Television will produce the adaptation, with playwright Robert Schenkkan adapting the script for TV. The writer has previously worked for HBO, penning episodes of “The Pacific,” the story notes.

Cranston and Schenkkan are executive producing, along with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.

The play opened in March and closed June 29 after a limited engagement at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre. "All the Way" won the 2014 Tony Award for best play, and earned Cranston another batch of acting awards including the Tony for best performance by a leading actor in a play.

bryan cranston-lbj.gifBryan Cranston as LBJ

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