A ‘Breaking Bad’ movie is coming
Tread lightly. We apparently haven’t seen the last of “Breaking Bad.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, series creator Vince Gilligan is working on a two-hour “Breaking Bad” movie, though it remains unclear if it will be released in theaters or via streaming.
The news was confirmed by Variety. Details on the project, which has been floating around the industry, are sparse.
THR wrote: “It’s unclear if the movie would be another prequel — like AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’ — or a follow-up of some sort. It’s also unclear whether any of the original stars, such as Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul, are involved in the new project, which sources stress will be set in the existing ‘Breaking Bad’ franchise.”
Gilligan, THR sources say, will pen the script, executive produce and possibly direct. According to THR: “Production is expected to begin this month in New Mexico. The New Mexico Film Office confirmed that a project with the title of ‘Greenbrier’ is slated to shoot in the region.”
The Albuquerque Journal published a logline stating the film “tracks the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”
“Breaking Bad,” which aired for five seasons on AMC (2008-13), told the story of Walter White (Cranston), an unassuming high school chemistry teacher, who with his former student Jesse Pinkman turns to a life of crime by producing and selling meth.
By the time the show’s run ended, it was widely considered to rank among the greatest television dramas of all time. Cranston won four Emmy Awards for best actor in a drama, and Paul captured three Emmys for best supporting actor. If the film were to pick up where the 2013 finale left off, it would seem Cranston wouldn’t be involved because, well, fans know why. But perhaps we’ll finally learn what happened to Jesse.
In a 2013 interview with GQ, Gilligan shared a theory about Jesse’s fate, saying that he would like to believe Pinkman got away and found refuge somewhere far from New Mexico.
Aaron Paul, left, Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston greet the press after winning Emmys for “Breaking Bad” at the 66th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 2014.