Would you have paid $75 million for more BREAKING BAD?

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I’m sorry guys, but you have to face facts: Breaking Bad is finished. No matter how badly you wish it, it’s not coming back. And throwing money at your screen isn’t going to help. And nope, not even  a $75 million bid to get three more episodes made would bring that show back.

Wait… $75 million?

Yep, that’s pretty much just how keen Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was to squeeze a few more episodes out of series creator Vince Gilligan. According to Variety, Katzenberg offered to pay $25 million each for three more Breaking Bad episodes, which would have had a running time of 180 minutes when combined.

Of course, Katzenberg wanted this to happen as a fan of the show. But more importantly, as a businessman because he had a few ideas for this pitch in order to make his money back. The folks behind Breaking Bad were set to profit more off of these three epsiodes than they would have for an entire season, while Katzenberg would have released content in six minute spurts over a month. Each segment would have cost 50-99 US cents.

“I said (to them), ‘I’m going to create the greatest pay-per-view television event for scripted programming anybody’s ever done,’ ” Katzenberg said. Of course, all this was done before the show wrapped up, and I’ve yet to see even one episode myself but I imagine everything was resolved nicely in that finale.

Last Updated: October 10, 2013

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