A 'Breaking Bad' movie is apparently on the way and people are hyped
It's been five long years since Breaking Bad, widely regarded by critics as one of the best television shows ever made, finished for good.
Even though we have the spin-off, Better Call Saul (starring Bob Odenkirk as the eponymous morally-dubious lawyer), it doesn't quite scratch the same itch for many people and 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the hit program - which is an ideal time for fans to look back nostalgically on the show's beginnings.
However, now we've had some good news, which shows that there's life in the franchise yet. According to the Hollywood Reporter, series showrunner Vince Gilligan is now working on the production of a movie, which "will be set in the existing Breaking Bad franchise." What could this entail? Is Walter White going to rise from the dead, or is this a totally new story?
Neither Gilligan nor the producers of Breaking Bad have replied to requests from the press for comments. It's not been made clear whether any of the original Breaking Bad cast is due to return for the movie, and whether the film will be released in cinemas or go straight to television.
It is apparently set in Albuquerque, New Mexico - much like the TV series, and a short synopsis of the project states that the movie will be called ''Greenbrier' and "follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom." This has led fans to believe that it will follow Jesse Pinkman, who famously managed to escape the secure compound (where he had been held by a Neo-Nazi gang as a meth-cook prisoner) at the end of the season five finale.
One irate Twitter-user wrote: "Why keep going back to this? I feel like it takes something away to not just let breaking bad stand as is. Especially if this is about Jesse post bad," while another person added: "Why in God’s name are they making a Breaking Bad movie? The show was perfect. The ending was perfect. LEAVE IT ALONE [sic]."
However, other fans were more supportive of the idea. One commenter wrote: "Vince is one of those creators that are such cinephiles, I feel safe leaving this with him," while another chimed in: "If Vince Gilligan is game, I'm all for it. If he didn't think there was a story worth telling, he probably wouldn't do it."
Podcast host Ryan Ellis wrote: "I'm torn on this. It's one of my very favourite TV series ever and it got out at the right time (unlike most shows), plus Better Call Saul has been outstanding. But how do you do a movie about @BreakingBad_AMC considering where they left this story & these characters? [sic]"
Personally, I'm sure that Gilligan will be able to pull off something truly awe-inspiring, and I'm totally down to watch this movie when it comes out.