Jeff Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation CEO has revealed that he offered to pay $75 million to have Breaking Bad continue for an extra three episodes.
Indeed, absolutely crazy money just for three more episodes of the show, but it turns out Katzenberg is a big fan.
The latter half of the final season of Breaking Bad broke records week on week as more and more viewers continued to tune in. It’s a shame the show has ended as the viewing figures were beginning to rapidly grow.
Katzenberg said: “I had this crazy idea. I was nuts for the show. I had no idea where this season was going. The last [season] 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.
“I said [to them], ‘I’m going to create the greatest pay-per-view television event for scripted programming anybody’s every done’”.
Katzenberg explained that he would have split the three episodes into six and charged between 50 and 99 cents per episode which would have drawn in millions upon millions of viewers if the viewing figures are anything to go by.
“There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that millions of people would have downloaded those episodes,” he explained.
However, from one person who absolutely loved the show to another who wasn’t very pleased with the finale.
Filmmaker, Oliver Stone has slammed the finale stating that there was “too much violence” adding he watched the “most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie” when he tuned in.
He said: “There’s too much violence in our movies – and it’s all unreal to me. I don’t know if you saw the denouement [of Breaking Bad], I happen to not watch the series very much, but I happened to tune in and I saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie – it would be laughed off the screen.
“Nobody could park his car right then and there and could have a machine gun that could go off perfectly and kill all of the bad guys. It would be a joke!”
He continued stating that the type of “fantasy violence” depicted on the show is only seen in movies and it is that type of fantasy that has “infected the American culture”.
“At least respect violence,” he added “I’m not saying don’t show violence, but show it with authenticity.
“I wouldn’t criticize everything. I’m just saying it’s the level of violence. If people think that bringing a machine gun to your last meeting is a solution to a television series that’s very popular, I think they’re insane. Something’s wrong. It’s not the world we know. But I think there might be in Iron Man… there could be some good stories about war profiteering, some good moral tales. I agree. Comics were that for that reason, remember?”