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If you never got to New York City to see Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson, HBO is on your side. HBO Films recently acquired the rights to the Tony Award-winning play All The Way, with playwrite Robert Schenkkan signing on to adapt his script.
According to Variety the play follows Johnson's "tumultuous first year in office," beginning with his entry into the presidency (after the JFK assassination), and of course dealing with his efforts during the Vietnam War and the historic Civil Rights Act.
For his performance, Cranston took home the Tony Award for Best Actor earlier this year. We can all expect powerful good things when the movie comes to HBO.
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Godzilla star Bryan Cranston is set take his portrayal of U.S. leader Lyndon B. Johnson from the stage to the screen after signing on to reprise his role as the president in Steven Spielberg's TV adaptation of All The Way. The Breaking Bad star won a Tony Award for his Broadway debut and now bosses at U.S. cable network HBO have acquired rights to the play adaptation, which Spielberg is executive producing.
Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan will pen the screenplay.
All the Way chronicles LBJ's first year in office after taking the oath following President Kennedy's assassination.
Bryan Cranston's hit Broadway show All The Way has broken New York theatre records by becoming the first play to gross over $1.4 million (£875,000) in a week. Just two weeks after the play and Cranston picked up Tony Awards, theatre fans flocked to see the Breaking Bad star as former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The play by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan shattered the record for eight performances during a single week.
All The Way has become one of this season's biggest Broadway hits, and went into profit last month (May14).
The play closes on Sunday (29Jun14) after 131 performances.
Actor Bryan Cranston has confirmed reports he will star in a TV movie based on his award-winning Broadway play All The Way. Last week (15Jun14), reports suggesting Lincoln director Steven Spielberg was keen to turn the play about former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson into a mini-series surfaced, but the Breaking Bad star reveals the project will actually be a TV movie.
He tells Vulture.com, "They want to see and honour 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."
All the Way playwright Robert Schenkkan is currently penning the script for the TV movie.
Cranston picked up a Best Actor Tony Award for his portrayal of Johnson earlier this month (Jun14).
Bryan Cranston's critically-acclaimed Broadway turn in All The Way has official become a theatrical success after recouping its $3.9 million (£2.44 million) costs. The Breaking Bad star has been portraying former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in the political drama since the play's grand opening in March (14), and days after the cast and crew celebrated their 100th performance, the show is now turning a profit.
And the success continues to build - All The Way, which runs until the end of the month (Jun14), is for a top awards at Sunday's (08Jun14) Tony Awards - it is nominated for Best Play, while Cranston is shortlisted for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
The production, written by Robert Schenkkan, recently triumphed at the 2014 Drama League Awards, claiming the Distinguished Production of a Play title.
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So long, AMC and hello, Broadway. Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame is taking his role as our 36th president in All the Way from Cambridge, Mass. to New York City, according to The New York Times. (We know you were all hoping it would be a musical.)
Receiving positive reviews for his performance as Lyndon B. Johnson, Cranston is expected to drive up ticket sales for the play written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle) when it hits Broadway late this year or early 2014. Assuming Cranston is vying for a Tony nomination for next year, he will be facing off against actors like Zachary Quinto in The Glass Menagerie, Denzel Washington in A Raisin in the Sun, Daniel Craig in Betrayal, Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stewart in No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot, and Ethan Hawke in Macbeth.
The three-hour historical drama chronicles LBJ's first year as president following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 and his election win the following year. All the Way is currently nearing the completion of its sold-out run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge.
So far, Cranston is the only actor confirmed to appear in the Broadway play.
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Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is set to make his Broadway debut in a new play. The Emmy Award-winning actor is due to take on the role of former U.S.President Lyndon B. Johnson in a New York play entitled All the Way, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schenkkan.
The show's producer Jeffrey Richards tells the New York Daily News, "It's an exciting new American play that deals with LBJ's quest for legitimacy... It deals with a year in American history that was a tumultuous year and an exciting year. The writer has brought it to life vividly."
Last year (12), Cranston admitted he was eyeing a stint on the New York stage, saying, "I haven't done Broadway yet. I hope to within the next couple of years. I've had opportunities but either the material wasn't quite right or the timing wasn't quite right."
Over 60 years after the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, Hollywood's infatuation continues. Next up: a fresh version produced by Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan.
For those in need of a refresher: The ship sunk in 1945 during World War II, but not without an almost too-cinematic-to-be-true ending that involved hungry sharks. The horrific result was the largest loss of life American Navy history.
The updated version will look at the story through the eyes of a young boy, Hunter Scott, who in 1996 set out to feverishly research the incident and ultimately clear Capt. Charles McVay, the Indianapolis' Commanding Officer, of all wrongdoing.
Robert Schenkkan (HBO's The Pacific), an Emmy-nominated writer who knows a thing or two about World War II, will pen the script.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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