In case you weren’t aware, Bryan Cranston has been playing former President Lyndon Johnson in a stage play titled All The Way. His on-stage skills earned him a Best Actor Tony Award yesterday, furthering the acclaim he had already garnered for his role as Walter White in the AMC series Breaking Bad. Deadline is now reporting that All The Way, which also took home a Tony Award for Best Play, is in the process of being optioned by director Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg is looking for Cranston to reprise his on-stage role in a miniseries “that begins with the Kennedy assassination, and spans the first year of Johnson’s administration, from taking office and leveraging his power to pass Civil Rights legislation in Congress to his landslide re-election victory.”
At this point, it isn’t clear where the series will be set up. Spielberg’s worked with HBO quite heavily in the past, with Band of Brothers and The Pacific, but Cranston’s relationship lies with AMC. Wherever it lands, the project is set to develop quite quickly. We’ll keep you informed on any new developments.