It was bound to happen sooner or later – now that the world’s most talked about TV show, Breaking Bad, has finished spin-offs are beginning to surface with the latest hair-brained idea to turn Vince Gilligan’s show into an opera.
New York-based opera director Sung Jin Hong has revealed that the production is already in its early stages but hasn’t been fully confirmed yet.
Aparently the opera will soley focus on ‘Ozymandias,’ the third-to-last episode of the show which begun with a flashback to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s first cook together and ending with Walt in despair, heading off into the unknown to receive his new identity.
Writing on One World Symphony’s website, Sung Jin Hong wrote:
“A week after the series finale of Breaking Bad, I have decided to compose Breaking Bad — Ozymandias (2014), a mini-opera based on the award-winning drama and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet for One World Symphony’s Addiction program on January 26-27, 2014.
“How will I compose this mini-opera? Should I consider having specific characters from the drama? How about setting my music to unforgettable moments from the show? Should I focus instead on Shelley’s sonnet, devoted to a single metaphor for the pride and the unrelenting pursuit for power? It is tempting to fully dive into the universe of Breaking Bad and embrace its elements, depicting moral chaos.
“Cancer became an allegory for evil for the protagonist in Breaking Bad. When Walt White was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, we the audience emotionally supported him and forgave some of his actions, as they may have appeared to be justified. When the cancer went into remission, an intangible cancer was growing — his hubris and lust for power. Our sympathy began to slip as he transformed into the destructive Heisenberg. At this very moment, the details of Breaking Bad — Ozymandias (2014) may not be confirmed, but I hope to explore the question that the drama obsessively and hauntingly asked: “are we all breaking bad?”