Bryan Cranston to Write and Direct Adaptation of 'Home Again' Novel
The actor's already crafted a fine career, mostly gaining the highest acclaim for his work on the AMC series "Breaking Bad," but also for great supporting performances Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine and a reportedly fantastic turn in Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive in theaters later this year. Now it sounds like Bryan Cranston is looking to step behind the camera for a new project as Hollywood.com talked to the actor on the set of Len Wiseman's remake of Total Recall where he revealed development of an adaptation of David Wiltse's novel Home Again, a project which he would be writing and directing himself. Read on!
You can check out the official synopsis for the book right here, but this is how Cranston describes the story:
"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.”
This wouldn't be the actor's feature directorial debut since he was at the helm of the 1999 indie drama Last Chance, but it wouldn't certainly be a much more higher profile project with his popularity at a level he had not reached over a decade ago. In addition, Cranston has also directed two episodes of "Breaking Bad" and seven episodes of "Malcolm in the Middle." It sounds like it's definitely a passion project for the actor, and he's anxious to get working behind the camera again. As it stands, Cranston has shown he can pull off comedy and drama on screen, so I have faith his versatility and talent will continue to extend into the feature film director's chair.