As we covered earlier, Bryan Cranston won a Tony Award last night for his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way, bringing him halfway to the EGOT. But before he gets a chance to branch out for the G and the O, he could be doubling back for another E, as Steven Spielberg apparently wants to turn the play into a miniseries for some lucky cable channel.
[The play] is in the process of being optioned by Lincoln director Steven Spielberg through his Amblin banner. Spielberg wants Cranston to reprise his role in a drama that begins with the Kennedy assassination, and spans the first year of Johnson’s administration, from taking office and leveraging his power to pass Civil Rights legislation in Congress to his landslide re-election victory. [Deadline]
No word yet on where this will end up, but the smart money has to be on HBO. (Historical miniseries + Steven Spielberg + Cool expensive thing = HBO, usually.) This would actually mark the second Breaking Bad alum this month to sign up for a prominent role in a miniseries about American history, as History Channel announced last week that Dean Norris will pay Benjamin Franklin in Sons of Liberty, which will focus on the lead-up to the American Revolution. This is all wonderful news, and since these kinds of things generally come in threes, I say screw it, let’s let Aaron Paul play Teddy Roosevelt.