This does not come as a surprise to see reports that the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg was willing to pay $75 million for more “Breaking Bad” episodes. Slashfilm.com reports that Katzenberg offered Vince Gilligan the huge amount of cash to write three more episodes for the very popular TV show.
“I had this crazy idea. I was nuts for the show. I had no idea where this season was going,”
“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.”
“I said ‘I’m going to create the greatest pay-per-view television event for scripted programming anybody’s ever done,’ “
His plans were to split the additional 180 minutes into six instalments to be viewed online via subscription with an approximate fee of 50 cents to 99 cents per episode
Katzenberg expressed his overwhelming confidence stating that people would have paid to see the episodes saying:
“There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that millions of people would have downloaded those episodes,”
Breaking Bad’s final season was an enormous hit, delivering a record breaking finale with an average of 10.3 million viewers. The show also earned an entry in the Guinness World Records 2014 for the Highest-Rated TV Series (Current) after scoring a 99 out of 100 average critics’ rating on review aggregator Metacritic for its fifth and final season.
No wonder Katzenberg would have jumped at the opportunity to sell additional episodes online. Would you have paid to see extra episodes of the wildly popular TV show?