Amazon has signed a straight-to-series order for a new half-hour comedy series based on the book The Dangerous Book for Boys. The new series is the brainchild of Emmy-winning Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who Amazon has already worked with on their original series Sneaky Pete, and Greg Mottola, director of Paul and Superbad.
The six-episode series, which Cranston and Motolla have already written the first two episodes of, does not have a solid plot, since the book it’s based off of is so open-ended in its subject. The book is a collection of boyhood skills and facts, such as the greatest paper airplane, making a batter, and how to play stickball.
In the series, a boy and his brother are coming to terms with the death of their inventive father, who leaves the boys a copy of the book from which the series is based. The book inspires fantasies for the boys where they reconnect with their father and learn life skills that help navigate the real world.
Cranston has been connected with the live-action adaptation of The Dangerous Book for Boys for some time. It was first optioned as a movie in 2007, but the project stalled. In 2014, Cranston began developing the book as a comedy series with Sony Pictures TV, which has now found a home with Amazon. This will be Cranston’s third series with Amazon, after well received series Sneaky Pete and the upcoming sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.