July 16, 2014 2:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
HBO Lands Bryan Cranston Tony Winner 'All the Way' for Film Adaptation
It's official: Bryan Cranston is returning to TV.
HBO has acquired rights to the Tony Award-winning play All the Way, starring the Breaking Bad alum, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Cranston will reprise his Tony-winning Broadway debut role as President Lyndon Johnson, with Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan on board to adapt the play for HBO Films. The TV movie marks a return to the premium cable network for Schenkkan, who earned two Emmy nominations and a WGA award for its miniseries The Pacific.
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The HBO movie will be produced by Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions and Moon Shot Entertainment, with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (Extant, Under the Dome, The Americans) on board to exec produce alongside Schenkkan and Cranston; James Degus will co-exec produce.
All the Way offers a behind-the-scenes look at LBJ's tumultuous first year in office as he takes the oath in the wake of President Kennedy's assassination, navigates the escalation of the Vietnam War and balances opposing interests to launch his landmark civil rights bill and win election to his first full presidential term.
Cranston's starring role earned him rave reviews and the Tony for lead actor in a play, as well as other prizes including the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theater World Awards. He's a three-time Emmy winner for his starring turn as Walter White on AMC's Breaking Bad and also earned an Emmy and PGA prize for his role producing the series. On the feature side, he was among the cast of best picture Oscar winner Argo and most recently toplined Godzilla. He next stars as Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach's Trumbo. Cranston is repped by UTA.
For HBO Films, All the Way comes a week after the cabler received a leading 99 Emmy nominations, including 16 for Ryan Murphy's adaptation of Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart. Last year, its Behind the Candelabra took home 11 Emmys. HBO Films productions won Emmys for outstanding TV movie every year from 1993-2010, save for 2000 and 2003.