The fictional universe of Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad just keeps expanding, and no one is complaining. There's prequel Better Call Saul—equal in the great acting and screenwriting departments—and now The Hollywood Reporter reveals that show creator Gilligan is working on a new, feature-length Breaking Bad-related movie.
Will Walter White (Bryan Cranston) come back from the dead? That's anybody's guess, but the vague description of the movie's story certainly points to who might be the central character.
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Details on the project, which has been floating around the industry with a possible fake/working title of Greenbrier, are slim. It's unclear if the movie would be another prequel — like AMC's Better Call Saul — or a follow-up of some sort.
It's also unclear is if any of the original stars, such as Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul, are involved in the new project, which sources stress will be set in the existing Breaking Bad franchise.
Gilligan, sources say, will pen the script, executive produce and possibly direct. Breaking Bad and prequel series Better Call Saul exec producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are also said to be attached to the film project, which is said to follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.
Production is expected to begin this month in New Mexico. The New Mexico Film Office confirmed that a project with the title of Greenbrier is slated to shoot in in the region.
In the Breaking Bad series finale, Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman escaped a meth lab where he'd been held and forced to cook against his will. So ... a man on the run after he was kidnapped who searches for freedom? If that sounds like a solid fit for Pinkman, that's because it reportedly is about him.
Slashfilm reports that fans who guessed it was Walter White's sidekick "put two and two together correctly: we have confirmed that the kidnapped man is Jesse Pinkman and the movie will follow his escape from Albuquerque following the bloody events of the series finale."
Asked about the movie on The Dan Patrick Show, Bryan Cranston said "There appears to be a movie version of Breaking Bad, but I honestly have not even read the script." He said it was questionable as to whether Walter White is in the movie, but "If Vince Gilligan asked me to do it, sure, absolutely yeah."
Vince Gilligan's response to a question in a GQ interview not long after Bad's series finale seemingly indicated he really liked the idea of Jesse getting away and living a new life:
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. 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.
Greenbrier—likely a working title—will film in New Mexico through February with a possible release in late 2019. No one knows if it will premiere on AMC, home network for Bad and Better Call Saul, Netflix, or in theaters.
Given the size of the franchise's fan following, it seems like a good bet Greenbrier will draw a big audience no matter what.