Reports have surfaced that Vince Gilligan is working on a feature-length film set in the Breaking Bad universe.
Update: Speaking on a podcast last night, Bryan Cranston confirmed rumors of a Breaking Bad movie in development. “Yes, there appears to be a movie version of Breaking Bad but I honestly haven’t even read the script,” he said. “There’s a question of whether or not we’ll even see Walter White in this movie.”
Cranston said he’d “absolutely” appear in the movie as lead character Walter White if series creator Vince Gilligan, who’s writing the movie, asked him to be a part of it. But that seems unlikely, considering the movie is expected to be about Jesse and one or two other characters following the events of season 5.
Original story: Breaking Bad might have ended back in 2013 and we might be in between seasons on Better Call Saul, but that doesn’t mean that Vince Gilligan and his crew are taking any breaks. An interesting report has surfaced that says Gilligan is working on a feature-length movie set in the Breaking Bad universe.
Variety reported the news that was first seen in the Albuquerque Journal. According to reports, a movie called Greenbrier is set to film in Albuquerque beginning in mid-November through February, and it is being reported that Greenbrier is set in the Breaking Bad universe. The New Mexico Film Office has yet to comment on the nature of the movie (though they have confirmed a film called Greenbrier will be shot in New Mexico), and an official announcement from Gilligan hasn’t been made, so it’s unclear how accurate this report is.
Additionally, if this truly is a Breaking Bad movie, it’s unknown where it would fall on the timeline of the Breaking Bad universe, which original stars (if any) would return for Greenbrier, and if the movie would be intended for theatrical release or be a made-for-TV movie. However, we do know that the film is said to be about “the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”
Obviously, since the Breaking Bad universe is largely about criminals, there are not only tons of individuals from both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul who, at one point or another, found themselves imprisoned for various amounts of time, but there are several opportunities in the timeline to introduce new characters who might find themselves kidnapped, fighting for freedom.
However, we can’t help but think about a major Breaking Bad character who was kidnapped and made a daring break for freedom whose story never completely played out onscreen: Jesse Pinkman. Fans have long argued over Jesse’s fate after he escaped captivity on Jack’s compound in the series finale, and Vince Gilligan himself has even said he intentionally left Jesse’s fate ambiguous.
Has Gilligan decided to go back and let us know exactly what happened to Jesse after he escaped, or will Greenbrier be about something entirely different? Without an official word from Vince Gilligan, it’s anyone’s guess right now, but we’re excited to learn more about this project.
Sources say that Gilligan is set to write, executive produce, and potentially direct Greenbrier. Better Call Saul executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are also reportedly attached to the movie. We’ll keep you updated as more news breaks on Greenbrier.