Spielberg planning Bryan Cranston-led US political drama

News Louisa Mellor 10 Jun 2014 - 09:15

Rumour has it that Steven Spielberg wants Bryan Cranston to reprise his stage role as President Lyndon B. Johnson on the small screen...

Next to Bryan Cranston's Golden Globe for Breaking Bad will soon be a shiny Tony award for his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's stage play All The Way. Cranston recently won the Best Lead Actor prize for the acclaimed play in which he plays the thirty-sixth President of the United States during the first year of his 1960s administration.

Exciting news for Cranston fans around the world and unable to stump up the hefty ticket price is that Steven Spielberg's Amblin production company is reported to be in talks to option the rights to All The Way, with an eye to adapting it as a TV miniseries.

Schenkkan's play begins with the John F. Kennedy assassination and spans the period all the way to Johnson's (spoilers!) landslide re-election victory. A second LBJ-focussed work by the playwright, The Great Society, which continues the Johnson story from 1964 to 1968, is due to open this July, presumably leaving a door open for a potential follow-up to the mooted All The Way miniseries.

All things going well, Bryan Cranston could be back on the small screen even sooner than we'd hoped...

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