Breaking Bad had a bloody ending back in 2013, but it’s way too soon to call the show dead. Creator Vince Gilligan is working on an upcoming movie tied to the beloved, Emmy-winning AMC series, Variety reported.
Here’s what we know so far about the Breaking Bad spin-off film, though details are scant.
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(Warning: Spoilers below if you somehow still haven’t caught up on Breaking Bad.)
The Breaking Bad movie is a two-hour feature, and Vince Gilligan is steering it.
This is cause for relief among Breaking Bad fans. Creator Vince Gilligan, who’s also deeply involved with the acclaimed Breaking Bad TV spin-off Better Call Saul, is regarded as the creative mastermind of the universe. He’s reportedly helming the two-hour movie, including writing the script, executive producing, and possible directing. It’s unclear if the movie will get a theatrical release or go to TV, though it certainly wouldn’t have a hard time finding people willing to distribute it in theaters.
Bryan Cranston is ready to show up.
While Gilligan is a sure bet, it’s not yet clear what stars new or familiar will appear in the project. But on Wednesday’s episode of The Dan Patrick Show, Cranston confirmed that “yes, there appears to be a movie version of Breaking Bad.” Walter White himself also said that while he hasn’t “even read the script,” he would “absolutely” join the cast if Gilligan asked him to do so.
“It’s a great story, and there’s a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some kind of completion to these story lines that were left open, and this idea, from what I’m told, gets into those,” Cranston added. “At least a couple of the characters who were not completed, as far as their journey.”
Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are said to be working with Gilligan on the feature. It will also mark a reunion for Gilligan and Sony TV, after Gilligan just signed a new three-year overall deal with the company in July.
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The movie may be coming sooner than you think.
It’s hard to believe since the project has just been leaked to media, but The Albuquerque Journal reports that the movie “will begin production in the Duke City mid-November through early February.” That means it could conceivably come out next year.
It already has a mysterious working title.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gilligan’s movie has been floating around Hollywood with the working title Greenbrier. What could it mean? Well, Greenbrier is a county in West Virginia, but really, who the hell knows? We can plan to see more dramatic shots of the Southwestern desert: The New Mexico Film Office confirmed that a project titled Greenbrier is scheduled to shoot in in the region.
It will reportedly follow Jesse after Breaking Bad.
One of the more popular theories floating on Reddit upon news of the film was that it would be set directly after the events of the series. Speculation was that “it will likely be a movie about Jesse’s life after Breaking Bad,” as one Reddit user wrote.
That now appears to be the case after all. Slashfilm reports that the film will indeed be a follow-up focusing on Jesse Pinkman after he escapes from those terrifying neo-Nazis in the finale (or does he?) and the unmitigated wreckage of his life since linking up with Walter and making spectacular blue-hued meth. And Aaron Paul will return as Jesse, the role that introduced the world to the delightful actor.
This also dovetails with earlier reporting that the film “is said to follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”
As Uproxx uncovered, Gilligan already had some interesting thoughts about what ultimately happens to Jesse in a GQ interview back in 2013: “My personal feeling is that he got away. But the most likely thing, as negative as this sounds, is that they’re going to find this kid’s fingerprints all over this lab and they’re going to find him within a day or a week or a month. And he’s still going to be on the hook for the murder of two federal agents,” the creator said. “But yeah, even though that’s the most likely outcome, the way I see it is that he got away and got to Alaska, changed his name, and had a new life. You want that for the kid. He deserves it.”
Fans have long been curious about what Jesse made of his life after he hauled ass to get out of dodge at the end of Breaking Bad. Now hopefully we’ll get some closure.