On an elemental level, Metástasis – Sony and Teleset’s Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad – is fairly similar to its source material. Its protagonist is a chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-cook; his accomplice is a young, scruffy dude who favors hoodies; his brother-in-law happens to be in law enforcement. Several of the characters’ names are even translations of their American counterparts: Walter White has become Walter Blanco. Jesse Pinkman is Jose Miguel Rosas. Skylar White now goes by Cielo Blanco.
In other ways, though, Metástasis necessarily strays from Breaking Bad’s blueprint. Take, for instance, Walt and Jesse’s iconic rolling meth lab – “Motor homes are not popular in Colombia,” a Sony exec explained to The Hollywood Reporter this week. Instead of an RV, then, Walt and Jose will cook up “their first several batches of methamphetamine in an old, barely drivable school bus.”
Get your first glimpse of that bus – as well as Jose himself – in the photo above. Wouldn’t it be fitting if in honor of the duo’s lab, Metástasis featured an episode called “Blanco y Azul”?