EXCLUSIVE: All you TV actors who figured Bryan Cranston would be out of the Emmy picture once he ended Breaking Bad and headed to the Broadway stage, guess again. Cranston won a Best Lead Actor Tony Award last night for his turn as President Lyndon Johnson in the Robert Schenkkan-penned play All The Way. The play also won the Tony last night, and I’m told that it is in the process of being optioned by Lincoln director Steven Spielberg through his Amblin banner. Spielberg wants Cranston to reprise his role in a drama 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.
Spielberg has seen the play a couple of time as has relationships with both Schenkkan and Cranston, I’m told.
It isn’t immediately clear where they set this up — Spielberg does a lot of business with HBO, while Cranston has the relationship with AMC — but it is all going to move very quickly. Since it will be a miniseries, it remains to be seen whether a second play on LBJ that The Kentucky Cycle playwright Schenkkan has written will be in the mix here. Titled The Great Society, the play premieres July at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July 2014. That sequel continues the LBJ story from 1964 to 1968.