Breaking Bad's one of those perennially popular, let's-hash-over-last-night's-episode-round-the-water-cooler shows, where everyone's got a zillion thoughts and theories and everyone thinks they're right ('Skyler's a nag!' 'Skyler's the show's conscience!' etc). Now that the final season is screening, the hype's reached fever pitch.
What better time for an ambitious Breaking Bad writer to strike and make good? is just that man. He might not be famous, but he's been grafting on the show since the beginning and got an Emmy nomination for last year's 'Dead Freight' (where a train is robbed...remember? Keeping it vague for spoiler purposes). He's also won two Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards for his work on the series.
Now, Mastras is looking to break into the world of the silver screen. He's signed on to adapt Dean Unkefer's 90 Church, which is being directed by none other than that dastardly Robert-Pattinson-baiter, Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman).
Unkefer is one of the agents that worked in the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in the 50s and 60s and his book details how a small number of agents used maverick, incredibly violent methods to take down organized drug groups that easily outnumbered them.
It sounds like a great story for Mastras to wrestle with, since it's got all the moral ambiguity that makes Breaking Bad such fantastic television. All the same, there is one thing I can’t quite get my head around: 90 Church is based on a true story, but apparently the film will be a 'fictionalized' re-telling of true events. Fair enough if the story it was based on wasn't exciting enough – but this sounds like more than enough drama for a man who [Breaking Bad SPOILER ALERT!]
made siphoning methylamine out of a train tense, pacey TV.
Does 90 Church sound like the right vehicle for Mastras' talents? Let me know your thoughts below.