Bryan Cranston Writing Malcolm In The Middle Reboot Script, Says Muniz

Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz reveals former co-star Bryan Cranston is working on a script for a reboot. Bolstered by widespread acclaim and popularity, in addition to a bevy of Emmy wins, Malcolm in the Middle has been cited as one of the best sitcoms of the modern television era. The series followed an exceptionally dysfunctional family, with Muniz in the role of the titular Malcolm, as they attempted to reconcile their myriad of personality differences and clashing temperaments. The series, which also starred Jane Kaczmarek, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield, and Erik Per Sullivan, has occasionally been mentioned for a possible revival.

Cranston, who played the patriarch of the central family, Hal, has been vocal about his openness to revisiting the role. At one point back in 2016, the Breaking Bad lead mentioned that there were conversations about a potential follow-up movie. Since then, Cranston has continued to mention his desire to bring back Malcolm in the Middle, saying that it would be fun to resurrect his sitcom portrayal.

In an interview with Fox News Digital to promote his involvement as a cast member on VH1’s The Surreal Life, Muniz also reflected on his time on Malcolm in the Middle. The actor mentioned the comedy’s longevity, which ran for seven seasons and 151 episodes. He also talked about the fact that Cranston is involved with writing a script for a reboot that may be in the works. Muniz wouldn’t confirm anything, though he sounded hopeful. His quote is included below:

“When I was filming the show, I obviously was a kid. We did seven seasons, 151 episodes. I didn’t really watch the show when it was on, but I’ve now since watched the show with my wife. We [watched] all 151 episodes… I realized, ‘Wow, that’s what we were making.’… I can separate myself from being on it and watching it as a fan. I would love to know what the family’s up to. I know Bryan Cranston is really into the idea and he’s kind of heading writing the script and getting everything rolling. So, there might be something. I would be down 100 percent. But I don’t know – we’ll see what happens.”

During a time when just about any film or series with a moderate fandom gets at least considered for a reboot, Malcolm in the Middle is well-suited for an update. However, the 2006 finale did an excellent job of providing a satisfying conclusion to the family that viewers spent years watching, gaining a big jump in the ratings. As a result, it never aimed to be grand in its scope. The story mostly saw the bickering characters go about their days, occasionally dipping into a surprisingly heartfelt moment. Because of this, a reboot wouldn’t be a heavy lift. Instead, it’d be as simple as checking in on old friends after some time has passed.

Another factor to consider is that Cranston is well-versed in crafting a story. He’s published an autobiography and has written several television episodes, in addition to creating the comedy Sneaky Pete and his work as a director. Considering that he’s long maintained his push to revive Malcolm in the Middle, it will be worthwhile to see what he can help come up with if the project moves past the planning stage it currently seems to be in.

Source: Fox News Digital