Bryan Cranston, who claimed three Emmys for his performance as chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-lord Walter White in AMC’s critically worshipped drama, has confirmed that a Breaking Bad movie is happening, though he revealed that even he was in the dark about the details.
“Yes, there appears to be a movie version of Breaking Bad, but honestly I have not even read the script,” Cranston told Dan Patrick on The Dan Patrick Show. “I have not gotten the script, I have not read the script. There’s the question of whether or not we’ll even see Walter White in this movie. Think about that one.”
People have been thinking/wondering about a lot of possibilities since The Albuquerque Journal reported earlier this week that a Bad movie was in the works under the name Greenbrier. The film, which will be written and directed by creator Vince Gilligan, will “follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom,” according to the logline. That kidnapped man is believed to be Walt’s former partner-in-crime Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who was last seen busting free from his neo-Nazi kidnappers in a compound after Walt stormed the scene and died in the shoot-out.
Cranston said that Gilligan had contacted him about the project — which may be for TV or movie theaters — but they hadn’t touched base yet. “I don’t know if there is an appearance, or what kind of appearance. I have no clue,” said Cranston. “But I’m excited about it because it’s Breaking Bad and it was the greatest professional period of my life. I can’t wait to see all those people again even if I just come by to visit.” (Despite Walt’s death in the finale, it’s hard to imagine a Breaking Bad movie without some form of the iconic character, be it in flashbacks or a dream sequence.)
The Breaking Bad series finale aired five years ago, and the show recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its premiere, with Gilligan and the cast reuniting in the pages of EW. The spirit of the show lives on via prequel Better Call Saul, which centers on scrappy lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), who becomes Walt’s consigliere, Saul Goodman.