Exclusive: Sony Shocked at Univision’s Planned ‘Breaking Bad’ Adaptation

Univision shocked Sony on Friday when it announced plans to air a Spanish-language "Breaking Bad" adaptation — because the studio does not have any deal with Univision to adapt the AMC methamphetamine drama. Sony, which owns "Breaking Bad," has already called Univision to express its surprise and disappointment that the largest Spanish-language network would announce […]

Univision shocked Sony on Friday when it announced plans to air a Spanish-language "Breaking Bad" adaptation — because the studio does not have any deal with Univision to adapt the AMC methamphetamine drama.

Sony, which owns "Breaking Bad," has already called Univision to express its surprise and disappointment that the largest Spanish-language network would announce the new show, which would be called "Metastasis,” as part of its lineup for next year.

Sony has shot an internal pilot for Latin American markets, which could be the first of many foreign-language "Breaking Bad" adaptations. But Sony is in talks with several potential partners, and Univision is only one of them, a person at Sony who is familiar with the situation told TheWrap.

"We have made a pilot for a Spanish version of Breaking Bad," the person said. "It's not in development with them or anything like that."

Sony has also not decided whether the project will go forward at all. It was unclear whether Univision has blown its chances with Sony by making the announcement prematurely.

Univision blasted an announcement of the show to media outlets Friday, days before the company is to unveil its 2013-14 lineup to advertisers.

More to come…