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Who’s that guy up there? You may one day know him by many names, but for now, you can call him Walter Blanco (Diego Trujillo). He's the troubled lead character in Metástasis, the Columbian adaptation of AMC’s Breaking Bad, one of the most talked about series in recent memory. Sony Pictures Television is teaming up with Columbian production company Teleset to try and replicate Breaking Bad’s success, according to THR. If you’re still mentally hungover from the finale last weekend, do you think this will be a suitable cure? It’s one I’m willing to try out.
We’ll follow the aptly named Walter and wife Cielo (Sandra Reyes), which is Spanish for “sky”, and his partner-in-crime Jose Rosas (Robert Urbina) and brother-in-law Henry Navarro (Julian Arango). It will apparently follow the same basic first season storyline of a chemistry teacher who starts cooking meth to gain money after he finds out he has cancer. The title, Metástasis, literally means the transmission of cancerous cells from a host site to a secondary area. I bet Vince Gilligan is kicking himself for not thinking of using that as a title.
You want to get more of a peek than just a picture, right? Check out Mr. Blanco in action below, and see if you agree that he looks exactly like Walter White without the actor resembling Bryan Cranston in the slightest.
Did you notice how they were in a bus and not a motorhome? That’s one of the tweaks the producers made. “Motor homes are not that popular in Columbia,” says SPT senior VP Angelica Guerra, who is also Managing Director of Production for Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market. Which means we’ll see “Walter and Jose cooking up their first several batches of methamphetamine in an old, barely drivable school bus.”
Sony has already pre-sold the series to all the major Spanish-speaking networks across Latin America, and it will also be airing on Univision’s UniMas here in the U.S. It’ll be interesting to see what the tone of the show is, and how brutal it gets. Though Breaking Bad was seen in more than 170 countries, it still isn’t that popular because of the frequent violence and drug-centered plotline.
"Breaking Bad is a fantastic series that wasn't widely seen in Latin America, partly because cable doesn't yet have full penetration in the region. [But] there is a universality to the story and its characters that we recognized could work very well.”
Metástasis will be a more contemporary and mainstream show than the usual historical melodramas and soapy series that Spanish speaking audiences are used to. With Robert Rodriguez’s recent stake in making the U.S. pay more attention to Spanish TV. And considering how many people watched the finale, I can’t think of a better way to do it. Well, maybe superheroes.