ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – but the hit AMC series “Breaking Bad” is getting a redo.
The Spanish language version is set to premiere on Unimas – part of Univision – later this year.
Walter White is now Walter Blanco, Skyler is Cielo, and Jesse is Jose.
The characters are back in the story of a high-school chemistry teacher turned meth-maker.
One major player, however, is missing: the city of Albuquerque. The remake takes place in Bogota, Columbia.
In a country where cocaine is the drug of choice, the major aspect of the plotline has to be explained to the characters in the new version.
“Methamphetamine? What is that? Is it like cocaine or marijuana?” asks Cielo in one scene.
Fans will recognize the same scenes with slight differences.
“It doesn’t have the winnebago, it has the bus,” said Steven Michael Quezada, who played Steven Gomez in the original series. “But when you look at all the other shots, they’re really trying to stay true to what Vince Gilligan’s vision is of that show.”
Gilligan says he’s glad the remake is staying close to the original, “all the way from their facial expressions, the way they’re shooting it, to the characterizations.”
“I’m just a little disappointed that Gomez didn’t have that much hair on the top of his head,” he said with a smile. “But I’m sure he’s a great actor.”
Metastatis won’t have New Mexico.
But if the success of the original is any indication, viewers will still be glued as Walter Blanco starts to Break Bad – even if fans of the new show will already know how it’s going to end.