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Nearly six years after the original series’ dramatic and bloody end, we’re heading back into the dark and twisted world of Breaking Bad.
News first broke in November 2018 that the acclaimed show’s creator Vince Gilligan was planning a brand new movie that will have concrete ties to the same universe in which aspiring meth “cooks” Walter White and Jesse Pinkman fucked shit up across five stunning seasons from 2008 to 2013. Breaking Bad‘s main star Bryan Cranston also confirmed that, yes, a new movie is definitely in the works — and that he’d be up for reprising his role as Walt, too.
Details about the movie — which will follow the ongoing Better Call Saul as the second spin-off to emerge from the story of the original show — are still emerging, but, for now, here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming Breaking Bad movie, El Camino.
- Creator Vince Gilligan has (finally) confirmed Walter White’s fate
- Aaron Paul has called filming the sequel movie “a dream come true”
- Paul has also delivered a quick recap of the original Breaking Bad series
- Another new trailer has arrived, teasing the return of Old Joe
- The movie will arrive in cinemas in October – but only for a limited time
- El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie has been confirmed as the title
Is there a title for the Breaking Bad movie?
After an original working title of ‘Greenbrier’ was initially rumoured, the official announcement of the film revealed that it will actually be called El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
Do we know when El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will be released?
As also revealed by the official announcement, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will arrive on Netflix on October 11, 2019.
Is there a trailer?
There have now been a whole bunch of previews, and the latest reveals the return of junkyard owner and Walt and Jesse’s ally, Old Joe (played by Larry Hankin). In the new trailer, Jesse is seen calling up Joe while on the run from the Nazi compound which served as the setting for Breaking Bad‘s last-ever scene.
Before that, another trailer was shared by El Camino star Aaron Paul on September 24, and provides the longest preview yet of the movie.
Paul’s character Jesse Pinkman is the focus of the clip, and he’s initially seen reuniting with Skinny Pete after escaping the Nazi compound. Jesse’s transformation in El Camino is then teased throughout the rest of the two-minute trailer and, well, we’ll just let you watch the rest of it below right now.
That dramatic clip follows on from a short preview which was released during the 2019 Emmys, which picks up almost exactly where ‘Felina’, Breaking Bad‘s final episode, left off.
Those two clips follow on from the initial short trailer which confirmed that El Camino will largely focus on Jesse’s fate after the end of Breaking Bad. The clip sees a man refusing to tell authorities where Pinkman might be, and that he won’t help them “put [him] back in a cage”.
On September 10, Netflix released a new El Camino-themed preview which served to remind fans of Jesse Pinkman’s tumultuous journey in the original Breaking Bad series – check it out below.
Is El Camino going to be screened in cinemas?
Of course! But only for two days: as Digital Spy reports, El Camino will arrive in theatres for three days between October 11-13.
Who’s going to star in the Breaking Bad film?
If rumours are to be believed, we’ll see a whole load of familiar faces turning up in the planned movie – with the lead character confirmed to be Jesse Pinkman.
Source close to both The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline first claimed in mid-February that Aaron Paul had been cast as the lead in the film. Paul has already spoken hypothetically about returning to his Breaking Bad character: speaking on the Shoot This Now podcast three days before El Camino‘s first announcement, the actor said he’d like to think it “may be kind of easy and seamless to jump back into [playing Jesse] because we live and breathe all of our characters that we play, and I played this guy for seven years. I really know him. It’d be fun to put back on those shoes.
“Pinkman was just such a huge part, or is, such a huge part of my career.”
Paul also spoke about regularly being called “Jesse” by people on the street, while admitting that he was less pleased about being called “Bitch” – his Breaking Bad character’s catchphrase. “’My name is Aaron, really nice to meet you. It’s not Jesse. No, you can’t call me a bitch.’ But they still do,” Paul said about meeting fans. “It’s fine. You have to roll with it.”
Elsewhere, during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show appearance back in November, Cranston formally registered his interest in reprising his role as Walt.
“I have not gotten the script… so there’s a question of whether we’d even see Walter White in this movie,” the star said. “If Vince Gilligan asked me to do it, sure, absolutely. He’s a genius. It’s a great story, and there’s a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some sort of completion to some of these storylines that were left open.”
In late January, it was claimed that the actor’s return as Walter was all but confirmed. According to Revenge of The Fans, a leaked cast list appeared to reveal that Cranston will return as the meth lord.
It seems that if White does appear inEl Camino, though, it will be only in flashback sequences. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has confirmed that Cranston’s character did indeed die at the end of the original TV series, as expected.
During an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, Gilligan finally shared the truth. “I’m gonna give you that one, Rich, because I love you so much,” he said.
“Yes, Walter White is dead. Yes.”
Other returning cast members for El Camino reportedly include Krysten Ritter (Jane), Jonathan Banks (Mike), Jesse Plemons (Todd), Charles Baker (Skinny Pete), Matt Jones (Badger), Robert Forster (Ed, aka The Disappearer), Tess Harper (Mrs. Pinkman) and Kevin Rankin (Kenny).
How did filming go?
Production began in Breaking Bad‘s spiritual home of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in mid-November. That much was confirmed by The Albuquerque Journal, who, upon contacting the New Mexico Film Office, clarified that filming will continue through to February in the Duke City.
Bob Odenkirk, who starred as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad, claimed in an interview in August that filming had already wrapped on the movie after production took place in secret.
“I’ve heard so many different things about it, but I am excited about the Breaking Bad movie,” Odenkirk told The Hollywood Reporter. “I can’t wait to see it. I don’t know what people know and don’t know. I find it hard to believe you don’t know it was shot. They did it. You know what I mean? How is that a secret? But it is. They’ve done an amazing job of keeping it a secret.”
What have the cast said about the movie?
Aaron Paul seemed to enjoy filming the sequel to the popular series, given his comments at the film’s LA premiere. The actor called the chance to be involved in the movie “a dream come true”.
“I thought I’d said goodbye to so many of those crew members, at least as a business relationship,” he said. It was so nice to revisit with them and reconnect with them and also zip on this skin once again.”
Referring to his character Jesse Pinkman, he added: “I’ve missed this guy. It was nice to be with him again.”
In a new behind the scenes video of the filming of the show, shared by Netflix, Paul expands on what we can expect from Jesse in the new show.
“I think all of our fans will be thrilled to see this next chapter,” Paul confirms. “I think it really gives some closure for this character.”
Any idea of the plot?
First off: can you remember what happened in Breaking Bad? If not, don’t worry – Aaron Paul’s got you covered with this super-quick recap of the show which he filmed on October 9.
And, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will pick up where the TV show left off: that means its plot will be focused on Jesse Pinkman’s escape from the white supremacists’ compound.
The Albuquerque Journal‘s initial report on the film, which will be a two-hour feature, claimed that it’ll “track the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom”. The film blog /Film has since claimed that the movie will be set shortly after the events of the Breaking Bad finale ‘Felina’, and that – yes – Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul) will be the “kidnapped man” in question. These reports have yet to be verified, though.
Variety have also confirmed that Vince Gilligan is driving the project, with the Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator reportedly set to write, executive produce and even possibly direct the film. Better Call Saul executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein have also been linked to the project.
Appearing on YouTube’s The Dan Patrick Show on November 7, Bryan Cranston gave a few clues as to the possible direction of the movie.
“It’s a great story,” Cranston said, drawing on what he’d heard so far from Gilligan. “And there’s a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some sort of completion to some of these storylines that were left open. This idea, from what I was told, gets into at least a couple of the characters who were not completed as far as their journey.
“I can’t wait to see all those people again… even if I just come by to visit!”