HBO has a long history of bringing successful Broadway plays to the small screen and the network’s latest will likely again hit the right mark with audiences.
In one of his first major roles since departing AMC’s smash hit Breaking Bad, Emmy winner Bryan Cranston scored on Broadway as former President Lyndon B. Johnson in the critically acclaimed Tony winning play All The Play. Now in partnership with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, HBO will adapt the play that takes place in 1964 during LBJ’s first year in office.
A four time Emmy winner, Cranston has become a true fan favorite since breaking through with Breaking Bad and his debut on the great white way was very well received. Since the show has closed, the adaptation will likely be more of a made-for-TV movie than straight theater taping as per HBO’s usual method. Way’s original scripter Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan has also boarded the project.
Previous shows brought to cable by HBO include Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America – A Final Night with George W Bush, The Pee-Wee Herman Show and most recently 700 Sundays starring Billy Crystal.
No airdate has been given but the odds are likely it could see air as early as the end of this year or the first half of next.