Reports of a Spanish-language adaptation of “Breaking Bad” turned out to be only a little premature.
Univision announced last week that it would air a version of the Emmy-winning AMC series. The news took Sony, which owns the rights to “Breaking Bad,” by surprise; the studio said that while a pilot for such a show, called “Metastasis,” does exist, no deal had been made with Univision.
Over the weekend, however, the two companies appear to have ironed things out. Sony now says the show is going forward and will air on Univision’s UniMas channel. There’s no word on a premiere date yet.
“Metastasis” will follow the same story arc as “Breaking Bad,” that of a chemistry teacher who’s diagnosed with cancer and turns to cooking meth to provide his family with a nest egg, only to find he has an aptitude for the job. Colombian actor Diego Trujillo will play the lead role of Walter White — or Walter Blanco, as he’ll be called — made famous by Bryan Cranston.
If all goes well, a few years from now Trujillo can utter the line “Yo soy el peligro” (“I am the danger”) and send chills down the spine of “Metastasis” viewers.