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Modern Renaissance Man Bryan Cranston to Direct ‘Home Again’

It might have taken a TV show to get everyone to pay attention to what an amazing actor Bryan Cranston is, but ever since Breaking Bad became a sensation, Cranston has taken up the ball of new acclaim he was handed and sprinted with it. It seems like every week we’re reporting on a new film project that the man is being attached to as an actor. Just look at his upcoming slate of releases and it’s filled with nothing but high profile goodness. He’s got parts in Total Recall, John Carter, World War Z, Contagion, Drive, and probably a handful of other things that I’m missing. So what’s a guy to do once he’s hit the tippy top of the acting mountain? The common course of action seems to be to tip your toe into directing, so that’s where Cranston is going.

In an interview with Hollywood.com, Cranston reveals that he himself has penned an adaptation of the David Wiltse novel “Home Again,” which he plans on directing himself. I guess he will somehow fit this in between his bajillion acting commitments. This won’t quite be Cranston’s first shot at directing something, he’s done episodes of his TV shows Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle before, and he even wrote and directed his own feature called Last Chance back in ’99; but this will be the first time he makes something of his own after achieving a high level of fame. All eyes are going to be on this one, judging what he does. No pressure.

Early word from Cranston is that Breaking Bad producer Mark Johnson is helping him develop the project, and that he intends on changing the title of the book for the film version. I haven’t read “Home Again” though, so what’s this movie going to be about?

Cranston explains in beginning-to-end spoilery detail, “It’s basically a very strong father-son story, and a murder-mystery. An FBI agent who suddenly quits the department and takes his son and his wife and moves back to his hometown of Cascade, Nebraska, to rekindle family values and pay attention now. He’s been working for the FBI for years, so he’s been home sporadically. And his son is now sixteen, very sensitive, and looks upon his father like sort of a stranger… And then there’s a murder that happens in the little town that they move to, which kills [the father’s] whole stance on, ‘Things are better in these small towns!’ And then things unravel, and basically, the father and son come together at the end and save each other emotionally and literally.” Is it too early to start campaigning for Cranston to play the dad as well? Let’s keep this guy busy.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at templeofreviews.com

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