If you’re still distraught about “Breaking Bad” ending on Sunday night, there maybe a way to relive all the thrills of your favorite crime drama -- provided you can speak Spanish.
Hoping to piggyback on the success of “Breaking Bad,” Sony has partnered with Columbian producer Teleset to create “Metastasis,” the timeless story of Walter Blanco, Columbian chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine cook. If it sounds at all familiar, that’s because it’s nearly a straight adaptation of “Breaking Bad.” Also appearing in “Metastasis” are Walter’s partner Jose (Jesse), his wife Cielo (Skyler), and brother in law narcotics agent Henry (Hank).
"Breaking Bad is a fantastic series that wasn't widely seen in Latin America, partly because cable doesn't yet have full penetration in the region," Angelica Guerra, SPT senior vice president told the Hollywood Reporter. "[But] there is a universality to the story and its characters that we recognized could work very well."
Guerra says that while Sony has sold “Breaking Bad” to some 170 countries worldwide, the show’s subject matter has kept it from becoming extremely popular in many areas. She says that “Metastasis” will be more in line with other popular Spanish dramas like “El Cartel” and “La Saga,” hoping that tailoring “Breaking Bad” to the Spanish market will result in a much more successful show.
“Metastasis” producers have reportedly met with “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan in an effort to remain true to the source material, but Guerra says a couple of minor details have been changed. Most notably, Walter Blanco and his partner Jose won’t be cooking meth from inside an RV. Instead, they’ll be working out of a beaten up school bus.
"Motor homes are not popular in Colombia," Guerra explained, "so audiences will see Walter and Jose cooking up their first several batches of methamphetamine in an old, barely drivable school bus."