Production of the Vince Gilligan-helmed project is said to begin later this month
Actor Brian Cranston has confirmed that Breaking Bad is set to return in the form of a movie from creator Vince Gilligan.
The hit TV series ran for five seasons, premiering in 2008 and reaching its finale in 2013. A successful spin-off series, Better Call Saul, began in 2015.
Yesterday (November 7), it was reported that a Breaking Bad film was in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s creator Gilligan was working on a two-hour movie adaptation.
Sources said that the release – currently going by the working title Greenbrier – “will be set in the existing Breaking Bad franchise”, and will follow a kidnapped man’s escape and quest for freedom.
Now, actor Cranston, who starred as Walter White in the show, has confirmed the news in an interview on The Dan Patrick Show. Cranston said he had not yet seen the script but that he had spoken to Gilligan about the film.
“There’s a question of whether we would even see Walter White in this movie,” Cranston told radio host Dan Patrick. You can watch the interview here:
Production will begin this month in New Mexico, it has been confirmed by the New Mexico Film Office.
It’s not yet known whether the film will be a prequel or sequel to the original series, and it’s not clear if the original actors will be involved.
However, sources say that Gilligan will be at the helm – writing the script, executive producing and possibly directing. Better Call Saul executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein have also been linked to the project.
Earlier this year, Gilligan revealed that he “desperately” wants to reunite Walter White and Jesse Pinkman on Better Call Saul.
Elsewhere, Bryan Cranston said that he wouldn’t want Breaking Bad to return for a new series. “In some ways, it’s best to leave it alone – you want to think back on it favourably,” he said. “I don’t want to mess with it.” In 2014, he said “never say never” when quizzed on a potential movie adaptation.
Breaking Bad‘s 10th anniversary will be marked with a vinyl soundtrack release later this month.