Tons of Breaking Bad superfans would give anything for a new episode of the series, and, apparently, DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is one of them: According to Variety, Katzenberg revealed at the Mipcom mart in Cannes that he offered the producers of Breaking Bad a total of $75 million for three new episodes of the show.
"I had this crazy idea. I was nuts for the show. I had no idea where this season was going," Katzenberg explained, adding that he presented the idea to producers about six weeks ago. "The last series 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."
It's a ridiculous idea, made even more ridiculous by the way that Katzenberg actually wanted ti pull it off: He wanted the three new episodes to be released in six-minute segments over the course of 30 days online, and charge people between 50 cents and 99 cents per episode.
"I said (to them), 'I'm going to create the greatest pay-per-view television event for scripted programming anybodyâ€™s ever done,'" Katzenberg continued. The greatest pay-per-view event that would also ruin the ending to one of the greatest shows on television, but sure.
Katzenberg went on to explain that he had no clue that producers were planning for the finale, so his hopes for a pay-per-view event were ultimately pointless anymore. But what does it say that he was willing to pay $75 million for three more episodes of a show that he and millions of others are happily addicted to? Well, replace "episodes" with "blue meth"...you've pretty much got a plotline straight out of Breaking Bad.