‘Metástasis’ Trailer: Meet the Spanish-Language ‘Breaking Bad’ Remake

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 5th, 2013 at 6:45 am,

In case you haven’t heard, AMC’s Breaking Bad has come to an end. The increasingly stress-inducing saga of a mild-mannered chemistry teacher who turns to producing and selling crystal meth to provide financial stability for his family after learning he has lung cancer ended in a way which might not have pleased everyone, but provided a sense of closure for its longtime fans.

Still, fans who aren’t quite ready to leave the world of the show should take heart: not only is a prequel series about Bob Oedenkirk’s morally shaky attorney – called Better Call Saul - moving forward, Sony Pictures Television and Teleset are bringing a Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad, to be called Metástasis. Check out the teaster trailer above.

The title, of course, is the term which describes the movement of a cancer from one organ to another non-adjacent organ. The show stars Diego Trujillo as Walter Blanco, a chemistry teacher who turns to making and selling meth with a former student, Jose Miguel Rosas (Roberto Urbina) to provide for his family’s future after learning he has inoperable lung cancer.

The show co-stars Sandra Reyes as Walter’s wife Cielo and Julian Arango as Henry Navarro, Walter’s brother-in-law, who also happens to be a Colombian narcotics agent.

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The teaser provides brief flashes of actual footage from Metástasis, under a voice-over from what sounds like AMC’s announcer… but like everything else about the teaser, this comes off as an unsubtle knock-off of Breaking Bad.

And, well, that’s exactly what it is. Described as a “fascinating re-telling,” the trailer features Trujillo in a bad wig, distinctly telenovela-style cinematography (flat and rubbery, while trying for the orange hues of Breaking Bad), and apes some of the most iconic images from the original show: Walter wearing a gas mask in his underwear, his desperate confession into the video camera from the pilot, and even the promotion material for the remake mimics the famous shot of Bryan Cranston in his jockey shorts, holding a gun.

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Transplanting the overall story of Breaking Bad to South America actually sounds like a good idea: the region has been troubled by the drug trade for decades, with no sign of the conflict slowing. American fans of the original show might have been enticed to check out Metástasis if it looked like the remake’s creators had an original spin on the premise, but right now this looks more like a cynical cash-grab than an attempt to take the story in a new and interesting direction.

Sony and Teleset are also behind the upcoming Spanish-language series based on Robert Rodriguez’s breakout debut film, El Mariachi. After viewing the teaser for Metástasis, that project sounds groundbreaking compared to this.


Metástasis will premiere on Univision on an as-yet-unspecified date.

Source: Sony Pictures Television (hat tip to Coming Soon)


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  1. They should have called it “Making it Bad”.

    • *slow clap*

    • Respect please.

  2. They should do a Korean drama version too. Ha ha.

    • And a Bollywood version.

  3. Huh? Why? What? Who?

    I have just finished laughing, a solid minute or so later.

  4. This feels like a joke……is this a joke?

    • The voice-over guy sounds like someone who does parody trailers on Youtube. So if this isn’t a joke it certainly looks like one.

      • All telenovelas look like jokes.

  5. This has to be a joke. I hope this is a bad joke. Surely they’re joking. Right? This is a joke… :-/

    • Breaking bad jokes?

  6. Is it April 1st or something?

  7. Couldn’t you, like, just turn on the Spanish track on Breaking Bad instead? B1T¢h!

    • there is no spanish dubbed version of breaking bad so… but yeah, nothing will beat the original walter white.

      • Season 5 has Spanish dubs (I’m guessing the last “season” will too). Earlier seasons also have Spanish subtitles at least.

  8. If i didnt know any better, i would think this was a parady trailer.


  10. I thought Sony denied this.

  11. The trailer is tacky, and very disappointing. If you assume its a parody, you know it’s going to fail. This could have been good, if it wasn’t for the obvious unoriginality, as you said there is a real problem with drugs in South America and this show could have shown that and still felt authentic without referring to all the obvious storylines of ‘Breaking Bad’. That and an ensemble cast that was of COLOUR and not all-white, it really could have been amazing for a it to be given some serious attention.

  12. This just an adaptaion, is not a joke, please respect for hispanoamericans who are trying to bring these amazing series from american productions to people that does not have acces to them. Let’s watch the pilot, then you judge.

    • I agree, but lets be honest here, the production quality of our shows is not welcome in North America, in the U.S they have a seasonal tv meanwhile in our countries the shows are been produced all year long, this inevitably affects the quality and it is a main reason why they seem obligated to copy and paste any succesful show, kind of like what happens in the U.S, they also knock off every show but have the time to adapt it, is an “ugly Betty” scenario but the other way around.

  13. If you guys are laughing at this, you should really check out the “telenovela” version of lost, it was filmed on a very funny set with plants and grass over the floor, it was made after the initial succes of lost and I don`t think that when they set to knock it off they were aware of the supernatural tone of the show, so they tried to make a soap opera instead, it made feel a little shameful but it also gave a solid hour of laughter…

  14. And you thought movie remakes were ridiculous

  15. This. Is. A. Joke. Guys.

  16. I’m still waiting for Titanic 2

    • Leonardo Di Captain America?! Quite funny, including the lame title. Where does the icicle-Leo bit come from?

  17. Coming from a fan of the masterpiece that is “Breaking Bad” and a South America inhabintant, this is totally unnecessary. Most, in fact the majority, of people here have watched or are watching the original series still…there’s no need for Walter Blanco (even the name is bad).