A few precious details are finally emerging about Vince Gilligan’s upcoming “Breaking Bad” movie.
The two-hour film, which was announced last November, will be a sequel starring Emmy winner Aaron Paul. It will follow the escape of a kidnapped man — Paul’s character, Jesse Pinkman — and his quest for freedom.
Gilligan is writing the script and sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that he will also direct.
Deadline reports that the movie will stream first on Netflix, then air on AMC — a reversal from the original series. Netflix is often credited for the show’s rise in popularity and ratings in later seasons. Even Gilligan himself acknowledged that when accepting the show’s first Emmy for Best Drama.
“I think Netflix kept us on the air,” he said at the time. “Not only are we standing up here, I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond Season 2 .… It’s a new era in television, and we’ve been very fortunate to reap the benefits.”
Paul’s co-star Bryan Cranston is not likely to reprise his role as Walter White in the movie, though if Gilligan asked him to make a cameo, he said, “I would, absolutely.”
“I don’t know if there’s an appearance — flashbacks, flash forwards — but I’m excited about it because it’s ‘Breaking Bad’ and it was the greatest professional period of my life and I can’t wait to see all those people again, even if I just come by to visit,” Cranston said.
“Breaking Bad” ran for five seasons from 2008 to 2013 and told the story of Walter White, a chemistry teacher who turns to making meth after a cancer diagnosis and enlists the help of former student Jesse.
The series is regarded as one of the best in television history and earned numerous awards, including 16 Emmys (three of which for Paul as Best Supporting Actor). The show also generated a spinoff, the highly acclaimed “Better Call Saul,” which will return for a fifth season later this year.
by Kelly Woo