Earlier this month, negotiations between AMC and Sony Pictures TV over the future of "Breaking Bad" reportedly became so tense that Sony was said to be shopping "Breaking Bad" to other networks for potentially two more seasons.
However, AMC and Sony Pictures TV have now come back together and worked out a deal that will bring "Breaking Bad" to a conclusion. The fifth and final season of "Breaking Bad" will be 16 episodes long; which potentially may allow AMC to spread out the end of the series over two years.
"From the day we heard Vince Gilligan's completely original vision for ‘Breaking Bad,’ it has been a complete joy to be involved with this show," said AMC President Charlie Collier. "Watching this story evolve into the complex, compelling, and intense roller coaster ride that it has become has been an incredible creative experience for everyone at AMC. Beyond that, working with Vince, his brilliant cast and crew, and our wonderful partners at Sony has been remarkable in every way. While it is sad to even contemplate the end of this series, we are so happy to have had the chance to go on this ride, and truly look forward to presenting the rest of this amazing story.”
"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan added “It’s a funny irony — I’d hate to know the date of my own last day on earth, but I’m delighted to know what Walter White’s will be (episodically speaking). This is a great gift to me and to my wonderful writers. It’s knowledge which will allow us to properly build our story to a satisfying conclusion. Now, if we don’t manage to pull that off, we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves."
The next step for Sony TV will be to work out a new agreement with Gilligan to remain with the series beyond the end of the fourth season, but that seems like a foregone conclusion. There is also a strong possibility that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul may also get new deals to cover the longer than expected season.
The fifth season of "Breaking Bad" will begin production in early 2012.
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