Dreamworks CEO Offered $75 Million for Three More Episodes of 'Breaking Bad'
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Dreamworks CEO Offered $75 Million for Three More Episodes of 'Breaking Bad'

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 9, 2013 | Comments ()


Jeffrey Katzenberg told an audience of TV execs in Cannes that six weeks ago he offered to $25 million per episode for three extra episodes of Breaking Bad.

According to Variety:

The episodes would continue from where the show ended.

“I had this crazy idea. I was nuts for the show. I had no idea where this season was going,” he said, during the keynote session at Mipcom.

“The last series cost about $3.5 million an episode. So they would make more profit from these three shows than they made from five years of the entire series,” he said.

He explained that he had intended to show the extra content as six-minute segments over 30 days online.

“I said (to them), ‘I’m going to create the greatest pay-per-view television event for scripted programming anybody’s ever done,’ ” he explained.

It’s insane but very noble of whoever was in charge of making the decision to accept decided to turn down the cash because, man: Daily six-minute increments? It would’ve driven an entire television audience completely f**king insane. Can you even imagine? By the end of it, we would probably all despise Jeffrey Katzenberg and everyone involved with Breaking Bad for putting us through such a maddening ordeal.

So, thank you to Vince Gilligan, or whatever executive declined this offer, for sparing us from this indignity.

(Source: Variety)

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  • dizzylucy

    I find the idea of throwing money at this for more kind of offensive - Gilligan & Co. spent years and years crafting this incredibly great show, pacing it over these seasons, and drawing it all to a close in the exact way they wanted to. That was their artistic vision, possibly the highlight of all their careers, and I can't even imagine the amount of thought, work, and effort that went into it.

    Scuze me, Mr. Van Gogh? That Starry Night painting is great and all, but I really like trees - here's $50, can you just add a few more on the other side? Thanks.

  • stella

    Oh thank God.

  • e jerry powell


    Once Katzenberg had gotten what he wished for, he'd need a service dog to make up for all the parts TV fans ripped off of him after the first 6 minutes.

  • ellcoolj

    Although I'd pay to see more of Badger's crazy theories about whatever...

  • ellcoolj

    Years ago Stephen King wrote a book that he released chapter by chapter on the early days of the internet. He would only release the next chapter when enough copies of the previous chapter were sold. I'm not sure if he ever finished the book. Who would pay for 6 minutes of Breaking Bad when if you just waited 20 minutes someone would be streaming it!

  • Marc Greene

    It might have been appropriate to just have Skyler changing Holly's diaper for the first 3 episodes, Jesse dropping a deuce at a truck stop for the next 3 episodes, then the remaining 24 episodes is a real time cam of Vince Gilligan rolling around in a pile of money laughing maniacally. They could even shoot it all artsy and shit.

  • yes this would have driven "the internet" to collective insanity, but i think it could have materialized in a very cool way. I'd enjoy seeing six minute epilogues, one for each living character (not sure it would amount to 30 though)... **SPOILERS AHEAD** who wouldn't tune in to see the epilogue for Lydia, Saul, Huell, Kuby, Badger, Skinny Pete, Flynn, Skyler, Marie, TED BENEKE (!!), the Schwartz's, Old Joe, etc? I'm fine that it wasn't made, but I think that could have worked.

  • Ted Zancha

    Dear lord that would have been terrible.

    The show ended on an amazing note with a phenomenal series of events over 5 seasons. Just leave it alone.

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