Last week we brought you the news that Steven Spielberg wanted to turn Bryan Cranston’s Tony-winning play about LBJ, All the Way, into a … something for, uh, somewhere. The prevailing wisdom at the time was that it would be a historical miniseries for HBO. Well, it turns out that was half right. Maybe 2/3 right.
Last night, at the opening night of the Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing, Vulture caught up with Cranston, who explained the project is even further along than we thought. “I don’t know if it’s a miniseries as much as an HBO movie,” he said, revealing not only the format change but, for the first time, what network the project would appear on. He added, “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.” [Vulture]
So there you have it. It’s a movie. Or maybe two movies. It’s definitely not a miniseries, though. Except for the part where two two-hour programs is kind of a miniseries. A mini-miniseries. And nothing’s officially been decided yet, so for all we know it could be three two-hour programs before all is said and done. Or one. The important thing here is that Bryan Cranston and Steven Spielberg are bringing a project to television, which will be somewhere between two and infinity hours long, and HBO is apparently being all “Yeah, whatever you guys want” about it, because they’re Bryan Cranston and Steven Spielberg. And it’s a movie. Probably.
I’m glad we cleared that up.