DreamWorks CEO offered to pay $75 million for three more episodes of 'Breaking Bad'
No matter what side of the Breaking Bad finale debate you identify with -- I'm on the Goldilocks/Just Right side -- here's an idea that will pique any fan's interest. DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has revealed he offered to pay $75 million for three more episodes of the show. Think of all the people they could have killed in that time!
“I had this crazy idea. I was nuts for the show. I had no idea where this season was going,” Katzenberg said at the Mipcom entertainment swap meet in Cannes, France, according to Variety. He said six weeks ago he offered to pay Vince Gilligan and Co. $25 million per episode for three, hourlong installments picking up where the finale left off.
“I said (to them), ‘I’m going to create the greatest pay-per-view television event for scripted programming anybody’s ever done,’ ” Katzenberg said. That event would have been to break the episodes into six-minute segments and show one a day online, charging 50 to 99 cents per webisode. Katzenberg noted the show normally made about $3.5 million per episode.
He admitted the idea came before he know what was going to happen to Heisenberg, but it still illustrated that short-form storytelling on the web was gaining clout. That's about what you'd expect to hear from the CEO of a company that just bought YouTube channel AwesomenessTV in April. It certainly would have been a blockbuster way to draw attention to such a channel.
While that idea has been buried out in the desert, there are still some shows that could benefit from that. Comedy Central just canceled Futurama, which would be perfect for that format. maybe Showtime could even find a way to make Dexter watchable again.
Share any ideas for a series you'd like to see continued this way in the comments. Please, just don't suggest anything by Seth MacFarlane.