Everything We Know So Far About The Breaking Bad Movie
While Breaking Bad has been over for makers AMC for a while now, we always knew that it never meant we’d be finished with Heisenberg for good. Because for such a specific, small story about a dork turned kingpin, the show proved to be fertile ground for spinoffs.
In 2017 two mega fans of the hit US drama condensed 50 episodes into a 120 minute movie (which took two painstaking years, we might add) by combing through footage and teasing out the best and crucial elements in an attempt to recreate the story.
In 2018, a decade from when the hit first hit out screens, AMC Spain released a wonderful 1-minute animated short that aimed to capture the essence and now legendary story. Then there was Better Call Saul, the sharp, funny, and quietly devastating prequel series (and one of the low-key best shows on TV) which just wrapped its fourth season.
But it turns out there's more Breaking Bad in the works, in the form of a new movie currently being worked on by creator Vince Gilligan, which will see some of the show's veterans reprise their roles, per World of Reel.
Here’s what we know so far.
Variety reports that the film, currently titled Greenbriar (quite possibly a working title), is scheduled to go into production in mid-November.
Starring Aaron Paul, the film is reportedly set to also feature series stars Bryan Cranston and Jonathan Banks as well as Krysten Ritter, Jesse Plemons, Matt Jones as Badger, and Tess Harper as Jesse's mom, among a few other names (Robert Forster, Kevin Rankin, Charles Baker).
According to a press release, the movie “tracks the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”
While Bryan Cranston's leading character Walter White died in the series finale, the film will presumably involve prequel motifs.
It reportedly will focus on Aaron Paul's character Jesse Pinkman – the "escaped man" in question – and the events that transpired after the show's final scene concluded.
It was only a few months ago that Cranston told reporters he would "absolutely" star in the upcoming film should Gilligan ask.
“Yes, there appears to be a movie version of Breaking Bad,” he said on The Dan Patrick Show. “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 storylines that were left open, and this idea, from what I’m told, gets into those...at least a couple of the characters who were not completed, as far as their journey.”
Things went relatively quiet after that, however Paul and Cranston seemed to both publicly acknowledge the project in this week, each posting an Instagram of a pair of Donkeys (your guess is as good as ours) with the caption 'soon.' A hint that details of the movies are about to be officially confirmed? Hopefully.
Rather than receiving a fully-fledged cinema release, the most anticipated TV spin-off in years is instead going to be arriving on Netflix first. According to a new report from Deadline Hollywood, the film will be a joint production between the streaming giant and the show's original studio, AMC, however in this case their roles, where Netflix were given secondary rights to help the show get more exposure in the lead-up to its airing on TV, will be reversed.
Aside from this, release info is still pretty hazy, as the film hasn't gone into production yet.