A ‘Break­ing Bad’ movie is com­ing

The Mercury News - - News - By Chuck Bar­ney cbar­ney@ ba­yare­anews­group.com Con­tact Chuck Bar­ney at 925-952-2685.

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.

MARK RAL­STON — AFP/GETTY IM­AGES

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.

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