Vince Gilligan, creator and producer of the original hit series Breaking Bad, is reportedly developing a movie based in the same universe.
Rumours have been circulating for some time, and yesterday, Bryan Cranston touched on the gossip on The Dan Patrick Show, the syndicated American radio and television talk show hosted by former ESPN personality Dan Patrick.
In the show, he confirmed Gilligan was working hard on a new Breaking Bad project, although he didn’t provide too many specifics.
“There appears to be a movie version of Breaking Bad,” Cranston said, adding, “I honestly have not even read the script.”
“I have not gotten the script. I have not read the script. There’s a question of whether or not we’ll even see Walter White in this movie.”
Cranston, who won four Primetime Emmy Awards during his participation in the original series, suggested he wasn’t so thrilled over the potential return of Walter White – unless it was done in a creative way through flashbacks or some similar storytelling device.
“If Vince Gilligan asked me to do it, sure,” Cranston said.
“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.
“Almost like the evocative song sends you back into your memories.”
The actor also dropped some clues about the direction the new project could take when he said it could feature “at least a couple of the characters that were not completed as far as their journey”.
The rumour mill kicked into gear after it was discovered via the New Mexico Film Office that a new movie called Greenbrier produced by Gilligan is slated to begin production in Albuquerque in mid-November.
“We are happy to welcome ‘Greenbrier’ and Sony Studios to New Mexico,” Nick Maniatis, office director of the New Mexico State Film Office, said to local news outlet The Albuquerque Journal.
“For years, we’ve built up the film industry in New Mexico and strengthened our film incentives; now, we’re seeing success after success for the film industry in our state.”
The new movie project will reportedly focus on “the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom”. Hmmm, could that poor kidnapped soul be none other than Jesse Pinkman? Let the speculation begin!
According to the New Mexico Film Office, the new project will hire approximately 300 locals to work as crew members, will count among its ranks with 16 New Mexico actors and will employ about 450 people for background talent.
Still, other important details are unknown, mainly, if Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul will be involved in this new endeavour, or how exactly will this story connect to the acclaimed series. We also don’t have additional information about who is going to be in the director’s chair, or if this movie will be exclusive for TV or will have a theatrical release.
The project is the first product to come out of Vince Gilligan’s three-year deal with Sony signed last July.
So what do you think? Is this a much-needed project or are they jumping the shark?