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$75 Million For Three More Episodes Of Breaking Bad? One Hollywood Mogul Tried It
If anything on television in the last few months has merited the five stages of grief, it was Breaking Bad. There was the denial, watching old episodes and pretending you were at the start. Then there was anger, manifested in a vague fury at Vince Gilligan and his godlike powers. And when bargaining came along (it's the step before depression and acceptance, of course), most of us didn't have the ability to actually offer anything to Gilligan and AMC to keep the show going. But billionaire and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg sure did.
In a completely bizarre story unearthed by THR, Katzenberg confessed he offered AMC and Gilligan $75 million for three additional episodes of the show, which he wanted to turn into "the greatest pay-per-view event in scripted television ever." Before you start agreeing with him, consider this-- Katzenberg wanted to release the episodes in six-minute installments that could be watched online. Imagine short bursts of Breaking Bad like the commercial-filled early moments of the series finale, but you pay for every single bit of it. That's enough to make you so angry you launch your own machine gun out of the trunk of your car.
Katzenberg suggested the idea before he knew how the series ended, which indicates that he might have really thought that Walter White made it out of everything alive, or wasn't paying attention at all when Gilligan said repeatedly that he ended the story exactly the way he wanted to. I imagine that a Kickstarter to raise enough money to produce a new season of Breaking Bad would be overflowing within hours, but that's not the point of allowing people like Gilligan to tell stories on their own terms. Regardless of the bizarre six-minute-segment idea, Breaking Bad could never have had three extra episodes because Gilligan didn't plan it that way. You may, like Britney Spears or our own Nick Venable, want to know what happened after "Baby Blue" played, but Vince Gilligan knows what Jeffrey Katzenberg does not: it ended the right way, whether you agree or not.
Of course, if you don't have $75 million handy but still want to demand more Breaking Bad anyway, you can always go the Stephen Colbert route.
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