The “Breaking Bad” star’s company has optioned the rights to Conn and Hal Iggulden’s “The Dangerous Book for Boys” with plans to develop it as a comedy series. Moon Shot has a first-look pact with Sony Pictures TV, where Cranston worked for five seasons on “Breaking Bad.”
Series will follow three boys as they use their imaginations to navigate growing up without a father. Cranston is working on the project with Moon Shot exec James Degus.
“Dangerous Book for Boys” is a collection of tongue-in-cheek stories and how-to passages designed to help boys of the digital age embrace the importance of maintaining a spirit of adventure and learn how to do everything from climbing trees to building go-karts to palming coins. The book became a bestseller in the U.K. in 2006 and has since been adapted for the U.S. and other markets.
“Dangerous Book” was optioned for a film adaptation by Scott Rudin’s banner in 2007, but the project never got off the ground.
Moon Shot is focused on producing drama and comedy series for broadcast and cable networks. There’s no word yet on a writer to adapt the “Dangerous Book” series treatment. Cranston has said his goal with Moon Shot is to look for unusual perspectives and storytelling techniques.
Moon Shot is repped by UTA, which brokered the deal for the book on behalf of Victoria Hobbs at AM Heath.