Bryan Cranston Will Go All The Way in HBO Film of Hit Play
16 Jul 2014
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HBO has announced plans for a film adaptation of Robert Schenkkan's Tony Award-winning political drama All The Way, with actor Bryan Cranston set to repeat his Tony-winning performance as Lyndon B. Johnson on screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Schenkkan will pen the screenplay for the HBO film that will be produced by Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions and Moon Shot Entertainment. Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Cranston and Schenkkan will executive produce along with James Degus.
A timeline for the film has not been announced.
All The Way, which recouped its $3.9 million investment in early June, broke records for the highest amount ever generated by a straight play in one eight-performance week in the history of Broadway All The Way began Broadway previews Feb. 10 and officially opened March 6. Critics praised the production. Read the reviews here.
Cranston ("Breaking Bad") won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and the production won the Tony for Best Play. Bill Rauch directed the stage drama that played 131 Broadway performances.
Here's how the stage production was billed: "1963. An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, the charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into Civil Rights legislation, throwing the country into turmoil. Alternately bullying and beguiling, he enacts major social programs, faces down opponents and wins the 1964 election in a landslide. But in faraway Vietnam, a troublesome conflict looms. In the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright’s vivid dramatization of LBJ’s first year in office, means versus ends plays out on a broad stage canvas as politicians and civil rights leaders plot strategy and wage war."
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