Bryan Cranston, who starred in AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad, is stepping behind the camera to co-write and executive-produce a new show he also created. The Amazon Prime series The Dangerous Book for Boys, inspired by the 2006 non-fiction guidebook by Conn and Hal Iggulden, will kick off on Friday, March 30, this spring.
Cranston developed the series and wrote the first two episodes with Greg Mottola (The Newsroom), who also directs the season opener. Michael Glouberman (2 Broke Girls) serves as showrunner.
Unusually, the book that prompted the show isn’t a novel but a practical how-to book for kids (doesn’t have to be just for boys!) covering approximately 80 topics. It’s designed is to help children master skills like climbing trees, fishing and flying paper airplanes.
The film uses the 2006 book as a starting point, creating a storyline that incorporates its tangible lessons. In the trailer below, we learn three boys have been left fatherless. But before his untimely death, their father put his thoughts and advice down on paper, resulting in The Dangerous Books for Boys. The guide helps the siblings grow up in his absence, with the youngest, Wyatt (Gabriel Bateman), exploring delightful daydreams that ultimately allow him to reconnect with his deceased father — and calm his mother’s nerves:
The six-part series, premiering at the end of March, also stars Erinn Hayes (Kevin Can Wait) as the matriarch, and Drew Powell (Blindspot) and Kyan Zielinski (The Lunchbox Brigade) as Wyatt’s brothers. In the trailer, Chris Diamantopoulos (Episodes) portrays the boys’ father in dream form.
This isn’t the first time Cranston’s worked behind the camera, having written the crime series Sneaky Pete (2015-2018), which he co-created with David Shore (The Good Doctor). Cranston did pop up in Sneaky Pete as the character “Vince,” but it went uncredited. Also, he executive-produced and starred in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.
Bryan Cranston is cranking out some great TV — are you up for more?