Amazon Prime is heavily into the Bryan Cranston business these days. Having already appeared in Prime’s Sneaky Pete, and with Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams in the pipeline, the former Breaking Bad star now has a third project headed for the Prime catalog. Cranston will executive produce and co-write The Dangerous Book for Boys for Amazon, based on the 2006 book by Conn and Hal Iggulden.
The Dangerous Book for Boys is a sort of guidebook, designed for boys “from eight to eighty.” It covers a diverse array of topics, including history and famous quotes, on down to more nitty-gritty subjects like fishing or how to build a treehouse. The six, episode, half-hour comedy will be using the book as a jumping-off point and then taking some narrative liberties. According to Variety, the series will follow several brothers who have recently lost their father. They reconnect with him through a copy of the titular book, “which inspires a fantasy world in which Wyatt reconnects with his father while learning important life lessons.”
Cranston is overseeing the series with Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland). Mottola will also direct and co-write the first two episodes with Cranston. This has been a long-time passion project for Cranston. He’s been developing The Dangerous Book for Boys since 2014, before which it was in the works as a film. Variety’s story doesn’t say whether Cranston will star, but it wouldn’t be surprising.
In the meantime, you can see Cranston in Amazon Prime’s crime drama Sneaky Pete, where he plays a gangster who holds Vince’s (Giovanni Ribisi) brother hostage until the small-time crook can pay back his debts. Sneaky Pete‘s first season is now available streaming on Prime, and the show has been renewed for a second season.
Also in the works is Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, an anthology series based on the works of the late Dick, whose stories inspired movies such as Blade Runner, Minority Report, and Total Recall. The cast so far includes Anna Paquin, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard, Greg Kinnear, and more.