‘Breaking Bad’ Producers Turned Down $75 Million to Make 3 More Episodes — Here’s Why

by Jeremy Spirogis
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By the time the Breaking Bad finale aired in September 2013, it had already grow to be a ranking juggernaut. Under 1 million viewers had tuned in for the pilot episode in 2008, nevertheless, the collection finale drew a whopping 10.Three million followers. They have been determined to know what occurred to Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and all the remainder.  

The collection famously had 62 episodes which was no random quantity. Like so many references in Breaking Bad, it was chosen very rigorously to convey a deeper message. However, showrunner Vince Gilligan may have made tens of millions if he’d deserted his authentic thought and prolonged season 5B.

Ultimately, he turned down the income and maintained the present’s integrity by doing so.

No one wished ‘Breaking Bad’ to finish

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Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Mike Ehrmantraut | Gregory Peters/AMC

Season 5 of Breaking Bad drew tens of millions of viewers every week and the episodes stay a few of the top-rated in collection historical past. Everyone wished to know what occurred on the collection, however on the identical time, nobody wished the magic to finish.

Unilad reported that Dreamworks co-founder and former chairman of Walt Disney Studios Jeffrey Katzenberg introduced Gilligan with essentially the most compelling motive to maintain the story going. Apparently, he pitched the Breaking Bad group with a proposal to maintain the present alive for 3 extra episodes. Plus, they deliberate to pay $75 million for the choice.

There’s an opportunity the writers may have give you one thing for the principle characters to do — in the event that they hadn’t killed Walter White within the finale, “Felina.” Katzenberg didn’t know that end result when he made his pitch.

Vince Gilligan was provided $75 million to maintain ‘Breaking Bad’ alive

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The Disney exec made a really profitable pitch to Gilligan pleading with him to maintain the collection going.

He advised The New York Times, “I met with them [the Breaking Bad group] perhaps 4 or 5 months earlier than the ultimate season aired. I made a proposal to them that I’d purchase from them three extra episodes of Breaking Bad for $25 million an episode.”

Katzenberg continued: “At the time, they were producing these shows for $3.5 million an episode, so to literally buy three new episodes for that amount of money meant they would have made more profit from the purchase of those three episodes than they’d made from five years.”

He even had a singular proposition for airing the episodes. According to Unilad, the exec pictured three episodes damaged down into chapters launched in 10 minute increments.

The ‘Breaking Bad’ group laughed on the proposition

There’s nothing humorous about $75 million, nevertheless, the Breaking Bad group couldn’t assist however snort on the thought of constructing three extra episodes. But they knew virtually everybody within the collection could be lifeless by that time.

Katzenberg defined, “At the end of my presentation, they all laughed. And I said, ‘Sorry, I missed the joke here. I don’t know why you’re all laughing.’ They said, ‘Sorry, we can’t tell you, but it will reveal itself to you why this isn’t going to work out for us.’”

“They didn’t tell me anything else until the new episodes came out, and then I was like, ‘Uh, duh!’ Nobody was left standing at the end,” he stated.”

In the top, Breaking Bad had 62 episodes, which is a delicate reference to the 62nd parts Samarium, a drug used to deal with ache in most cancers sufferers.

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