Brian Cranston confirms that a 'Breaking Bad' movie is actually happening
Can you believe it's been five full years since Breaking Bad came to a close? And ten since the show's very first episode?
The show, in my opinion, brought its story to an end at the perfect time and in the perfect way, but that didn't mean that creator Vince Gilligan was done with the series. In the following years, we've been getting a spin-off show in Better Call Saul, which follows lawyer Saul Goodman's slow descent into corruption (putting the 'criminal' in 'criminal law') - and while that may have sounded like a bad idea, it's given us some seriously good television.
No matter how much people like Better Call Saul, however, there's always going to be people who miss the brilliantly matched odd couple of Jesse and Walt. The meth-cooking duo couldn't be more different, and had very different emotional journeys throughout the five seasons of the show, but together they brought us dramatic and comedic gold.
Breaking Bad, in typical fashion, gave us a mix of closure and open-ended story threads at the end of the final episode. While Walt's journey had reached its endpoint, Jesse's future was a little more uncertain.
However, it seems that not only are we going to see more of this world in an upcoming movie, but it may be about the beanie-wearing dropout (whose catchphrase I'd need to censor).
Earlier this week, The Albuquerque Journal claimed that a Breaking Bad movie would be going into production soon in New Mexico, with Vince Gilligan at the helm. Then, Variety confirmed that there was some credence to this rumour, though they didn't confirm what it would be about, or whether it would be a TV movie or not.
The plot is rumoured to revolve around "the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom," which may ring a bell for those who watched the series all the way through. It's a little unusual that the project has moved this far ahead without anyone hearing about it until now, but it seems like it's actually happening.
Slashfilm later revealed that "the newly announced Breaking Bad movie will be a sequel set after the events of the series finale, following Jesse as he blazes a trail away from that horrifying finale". So it seems that if this is really happening - we will be seeing a lot of Jesse, which is great news all round. Now, to confirm the movie is 100% happening, Bryan Cranston has weighed in on the project and whether or not he will return to his iconic role.
The actor was recently interviewed on The Dan Patrick Show, where he said that he was unsure whether Walter White will appear again - leaving the question up in the air.
“Yes, there appears to be a movie version of Breaking Bad, but I honestly haven’t even read the script...there’s a question of whether or not we’ll even see Walter White in this movie. Think about that one (evil laughter).
“If Vince Gilligan asked me to do it, then sure, absolutely. He's a genius...
"This idea, from what I’m told, gets into ... at least a couple of the characters that were not completed as far as their journey.”
Either way, if we get more Jesse Pinkman - I'm all in. If somehow we get more Bryan Cranston on screen? Even better.