Broadway’s ‘All the Way’ and Bryan Cranston Head to HBO

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Bryan Cranston fans can rejoice. The Emmy, Golden Globe, and Tony winning star is returning to television. HBO acquired the rights to Broadway’s All the Way, the Tony-winning play in which the Breaking Bad star portrayed Lyndon B. Johnson. 

The show’s Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan will be on board to adapt the stage version for the small screen. None other than Steven Spielberg will act as executive producer on the HBO Films project. The TV movie marks a return to the premium cable network for Schenkkan, who earned two Emmy nominations and a WGA award for miniseries The Pacific.

All the Way was awarded best play at the Tony’s last month, where Cranston took home the trophy for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as LBJ. The actor won other prizes for the role as well, including the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theater World Awards. The show closed June 29 after 131 performances at the Neil Simon Theatre and broke Broadway box office records after grossing over $1.4 million over eight performances. That amount was more than any play had ever brought in during a single week.

All the Way comes a week after the HBO Films received a leading 99 Emmy nominations, including an amazing 16 for Ryan Murphy‘s adaptation of Larry Kramer‘s play The Normal Heart. Last year, the network’s Behind the Candelabra took home 11 Emmys. HBO Films productions won Emmys for outstanding TV movie every year from 1993-2010, except for 2000 and 2003.

(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME)

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