Last week, a Breaking Bad movie seemed like an unlikely pipe-dream. Yesterday, a newspaper report suggested it’s a solid likelihood. Today, the film feels like a probability – and the series’ original star Bryan Cranston is the one dropping the details.
Cranston yesterday responded to questions about that reported addition to the Breaking Bad canon, telling The Dan Patrick Show he’d heard rumours about the film’s development.
“There appears to be a movie version of Breaking Bad,” Cranston said, but he added “I honestly have not even read the script.”
While he heavily suggested that series creator Vince Gilligan is hard at work on developing a feature-length Breaking Bad project, Cranston wasn’t as forthcoming about the potential return of protagonist Walter White.
“If Vince Gilligan asked me to do it, sure,” Cranston said.
He’s a genius. And it’s a great story, and there’s a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some kind of completion to some of these storylines that were left open.
And this idea, from what I’m told, gets into those… At least a couple of the characters who were not completed, as far as their journey. How about that?
The finale of Breaking Bad saw a newly-perforated Walter White bleeding out on the floor of a meth lab, but Cranston intimated that he’d be dead keen to revisit Heisenberg through flashbacks or some kind of creative flash-forward.
“If I put on his clothes, and shaved my head, and put those glasses on, and maybe the Heisenberg hat, I think those talismans could send me back there quickly,” Cranston said, “almost like the evocative song sends you back into your memories.”
While word from Cranston on Breaking Bad is essentially gospel, some other intel has also appeared regarding the apparent production. Slashfilm reports the film, entitled Greenbriar, will follow the story of Heisenberg’s tortured lackey Jesse Pinkman. As you’d expect, multiple Emmy Award-winner Aaron Paul is thought to be closely tied to the project.
The film, if it materialises, will be the biggest addition to the world of Breaking Bad since the very excellent spin-off series Better Call Saul, which is yet to provide solid details about what actually happened to White and Pinkman once the original series faded out.
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