The mooted Breaking Bad sequel is reportedly heading to Netflix as well as AMC, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting.
The project, which is understood to be a feature-length movie, has been the subject of much speculation for some time, after talk of it emerged last year. Bryan Cranston confirmed then that a movie of some form was in the pipeline, while the Albuquerque press reported that a project (codename “Greenbriar”) was filming in November, following “the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom”. That led to speculation that Aaron Paul would be returning to reprise his role of Jesse Pinkman, with the movie picking up events after the final episode of the long-running drama.
Now, THR reports that sources say Paul, who won three Supporting Actor Emmys for his role, will star as Pinkman, with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan writing the script and also directing. While the original series aired on AMC before being released on Netflix in the UK (and, later, in the USA), THR’s sources say that Netflix will have the first-run rights to the movie, which will then air on AMC.
Nobody has officially announced or commented on these reports, but both Deadline and THR are now reporting sources saying the same things.
Breaking Bad movie in the works
8th November 2018
A Breaking Bad movie is reportedly on the way.
Years after AMC’s crime thriller ended, providing a moving, dramatic climax to the journey of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) from mild-mannered family man to drug kingpin Heisenberg, THR reports that creator Vince Gilligan is working on a feature film that will exist in the same universe.
The world of Gilligan’s Albuquerque has been explored in depth in recent years, with Gilligan and Peter Gould releasing spin-off prequel Better Call Saul to much acclaim – including from ourselves (read our reviews of each episode here). The film, which would hail from the show’s producers and Sony Pictures, is reportedly written and exec-produced by Gilligan, and he will possibly direct it too. Breaking Bad EPs Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are also thought to be attached.
Judging by confirmations from The New Mexico Film Office, the film is currently thought to be called Greenbrier and is expected to begin production this month. The movie would mark Gilligan’s first project under a three-year overall deal signed with Sony TV this year.
Cranston has confirmed this week that a movie of some form is in the works, although did not know if White would appear in it. So far, the only details about its plot suggest that it will follow “the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom”, something that places it firmly in the possible wheelhouse of Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), continuing his story after the events of the long-running show.
What we do know for sure is that AMC is certainly looking to expand its remit outside of TV series, with multiple The Walking Dead movies given the green light. A Breaking Bad film would fit right in with those plans to broaden its reach.