Bryan Cranston Will Only Do a 'Malcolm in the Middle' Revival If "It's a Great Idea," Actually

"I don't need a job"
Bryan Cranston Will Only Do a 'Malcolm in the Middle' Revival If 'It's a Great Idea,' Actually
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Raise your hand if you've also been hoodwinked, bamboozled and led astray by one Frankie Muniz. Last year, the actor claimed that former costar Bryan Cranston was "heading" a reboot of their beloved early-aughts sitcom Malcolm in the Middle — but Cranston is here to set the record straight.

In a new interview with The Independent, the Breaking Bad star seemed less than keen on the idea of playing Hal again. Cranston expressed his hesitancy towards such a project, only saying that the revival was "a possibility" after speaking with the show's creator, Vancouver-born writer and producer Linwood Boomer, whom the choice is ultimately up to.

"He said he would think about it, and he got his writers together," the actor told journalist Annabel Nugent. "If they can come up with a great idea, a legitimate idea, then he'll pursue it. But if not, then nah."

"I don't need a job," Cranston added. "I've got plenty of jobs. I don't need it, but I'd want it if it was a great idea."

He had seemed a little more open to the concept last month in conversation with E! News. "There was some talk about the possibility of doing, like, a reunion movie of Malcolm in the Middle," Cranston said at the time. "We had such a great family on that, and I certainly would be open to that if there was a good idea that came up — like, 'Oh, that would be fantastic to explore what happened to this family 20 years later.' I can't believe it's already that, but that would be fun to do."

In 2022, Muniz, who played the titular Malcolm, seemed to think that Cranston was so down for a reboot that he was writing it himself. "I know Bryan Cranston is really into the idea, and he's kind of heading writing the script and getting everything rolling," Muniz boldly told Fox News. "So, there might be something. I would be down 100 percent." He had revealed in 2021 that Cranston was spearheading the revival back in 2016, and the original cast was "on board except for one person."

This is just like that time he used the exact same brand of pen as his teacher to change his grade. You're grounded!