Warning:There are Spoilers for Breaking Bad throughout most of this post.
A lot of people have weighed in on the Breaking Bad finale, even Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus had a few things to say about it this week, but one that is particularly notable is the response to the ending from Oliver Stone.
Stone was quoted at Forbes, describing the ending as as ridiculous,
There's too much violence in our movies – and it's all unreal to me… I don't know if you saw the denouement [of Breaking Bad], I happen to not watch the series very much, but I happened to tune in and I saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie – it would be laughed off the screen.
He then went on to question the plausibility of the ending and then criticised the "fantasy violence", which he thinks has infected American culture.
He liked Iron Man though, it seems, but he's definitely not a fan of Transformers,
If people think that bringing a machine gun to your last meeting is a solution to a television series that's very popular, I think they're insane. Something's wrong. It's not the world we know. But I think there might be in Iron Man… there could be some good stories about war profiteering, some good moral tales. I agree. Comics were that for that reason, remember? But when you've reached this height of technology level of a Michael [Bay], of a Transformers, I don't understand the meaning of it and the reason for it, except that it appeals to some visual sense, some kinetic sense of dynamism and a need for action. But action is not always a solution, character is.
There are many ways in which the ending of Breaking Bad was very much about character – I think the way it handled character resolutions in the finale was the strongest thing about it – and there are many areas in Stone's filmography that are filled with unreal violence and/or ridiculous moments. People in glass houses etc.
One person who was a big fan of Breaking Bad was Jeffrey Katzenberg, who revealed at the Mipcom mart in Cannes, according to a report at Variety, that he offered $75 million to commission three episodes of the series, totalling one-hundred and eighty minutes.
He intended to release the three episodes, which would take place after the series ended, online in six minute segments over the course of thirty days, charging 50 to 99 cents per episode.
This was all before he discovered what the ending to Breaking Bad actually was, which didn't really work with what he had planned.
It would have been a bold move and one that could have potentially paid off. But, even with the extraordinary viewing figures that Breaking Bad hit with its final episode, $75 million is a lot of money to make back. Not counting the costs involved in promoting the episodes and running the service there would need to be over 2 500 000 purchases made (based on 99 cents a segment) in order for him to break even on the commission.
An interesting experiment though and one that I'd be intrigued to know the results of. Presumably Katzenberg would still be interested in pursuing this idea if another opportunity arose.