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Walter White is headed to Colombia.
The first trailer for Sony and Teleset’s Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad, titled Metastasis, has been released and shows Walter Blanco in all his tighty-whitey glory.
An ominous, English-language voiceover promises “a fascinating retelling that will capture Hispanic audiences like never before.”
Diego Trujillo portrays chemistry teacher-turned-meth cook Blanco, while Roberto Urbina plays Jose (Jesse Pinkman) and Sandra Reyes plays Cielo (Skyler White). The show also features a version of Walt’s DEA agent brother in law Hank, now named Henry.
As The Hollywood Reporter previously reported, Sony has sold Breaking Bad into more than 170 territories worldwide, but the nature of the material (drug use, extreme violence) has made the original show a little-seen niche property in most countries. In the U.K., for instance, it was dropped after the second season but revived by Netflix.
Metastasis (a reference to metastasizing cancer) promises to be more mainstream, at least for Spanish speakers accustomed to such crime telenovelas as El Cartel and La Saga. SPT has presold the first season of Metastasis to all major Spanish-speaking markets across Latin America as well as to Univision’s UniMas network in the U.S.
Angelica Guerra, SPT senior vp and managing director of production for Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market, assures Breaking Bad devotees that producers have consulted with creator Vince Gilligan and his team and that Metastasis will be true to its twisted source material. But a few minor details have been tweaked. “Motor homes are not popular in Colombia,” she says, “so audiences will see Walter and Jose cooking up their first several batches of methamphetamine in an old, barely drivable school bus.”
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