12:14pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Univision and Sony Firm Up Plans for a 'Breaking Bad' Spanish-Language Remake
Breaking Bad will live on after the conclusion of its fifth and final season on AMC. The Emmy-winning drama is officially set for a Spanish language remake that will air on Univision's UniMas in the U.S.
Sony Pictures Television and Teleset confirmed Monday that the studios will produce Metástasis, the first adaptation of Vince Gilligan's drama about an unassuming chemistry teacher who enters a world of drugs and crime when he's dealt a fatal cancer diagnosis. It's a first for the series and has already been cleared in most Spanish speaking markets.
Univision had previously announced the project at its May 10, but Sony had not made the deal official.
“Critics and audiences love Breaking Bad and its original take on the drug dealing business,” said Angelica Guerra, Sony senior vp and managing director of production and Latin America and U.S. Hispanic. “It is a very relevant story for all audiences, produced with the highest standards, in spectacular locations with the best talent in the region.”
That talent is already locked down. Diego Trujillo (El Capo, A Corazón Abierto) fills Bryan Cranston's shoes as Walter Blanco, while Roberto Urbina (Che: Part 1, Correo de Inocentes) will play Jose Miguel Rosas, the accomplice role that's won Aaron Paul two Emmys. Sandra Reyes and Julián Arango also star.