‘Breaking Bad’ Finale: Did DreamWorks Offer $75 Million for More Episodes?
We've heard some pretty insane responses and theories emerge from the 'Breaking Bad' series finale, "Felina," but the latest would make even Walter White blush. Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg reportedly offered AMC the gargantuan sum of $75 million, just short of Walter White's life's work, to commission three additional 'Breaking Bad' episodes to take place after the finale.
Katzenberg himself revealed the bizarre news to an audience of TV executives at the MIPCOM conference in Cannes, adding that his vision for an additional 180 minutes of 'Breaking Bad' would be doled out in 6-minute segments over a period of 30 days, with charging viewers between 50 and 99 cents for each installment.
“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,” Katzenberg boasted. “I said (to them), ‘I’m going to create the greatest pay-per-view television event for scripted programming anybody’s ever done.'"
Naturally, however, Katzenberg abandoned the idea upon realizing that series creator Vince Gilligan and the writers had their own specific vision for how to end 'Breaking Bad' over the course of its final eight episodes. Granted, both Gilligan and AMC might have been more receptive to the idea before season 5 began, for which contract re-negotiations saw the network ultimately deciding to air separate halves of eight episodes in 2012 and 2013, rather than reach a season 6.
Ratings for the final eight episodes of 'Breaking Bad' notably shattered its previous records, as well, the final episode bringing in a whopping 10.3 million viewers, up 442 percent from the season 4 finale, thanks to Netflix exposure and word of mouth. To its own end, AMC announced a 'Better Call Saul' spinoff for 'Breaking Bad,' a 'Walking Dead' companion series for 2015, and divided the final season of 'Mad Men' between 2014 and 2015 to wring extra content out of its most popular and acclaimed franchises.
What say you? Would you have been interested to see 'Breaking Bad' granted an additional three episodes under Katzenberg's bizarre plan, or was the ending perfect as-is? Tell us how you wanted to see 'Breaking Bad' cook up its finale in the comments!