In 2008 a new series debuted on AMC that was classified as both a “new western” and crime drama, called “Breaking Bad”, starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. Set in its shooting location of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the series chronicles the life of chemistry professor and lung cancer sufferer Walter White, who tried to raise money for his treatment by cooking meth to sell to addicts. From a strict necessity it becomes White’s life, eventually corrupting him from desperate crook to a vicious drug kingpin.
“Breaking Bad” ended in 2013, hailed as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, with a prequel spinoff titled “Better Call Saul” currently airing on its home network. But there has been a recent buzz that a film version of the series was being considered for development. Fans can wonder no longer as Bryan Cranston himself confirmed it.
CNN has it that Cranston mentioned a “Breaking Bad” movie on a phone interview during “The Dan Patrick Show” which aired Wednesday, November 7. He mentioned that, while a script may have been initiated, in his own words, “I have not gotten the script, I have not read the script. So there’s the question of whether or not we’ll even see Walter White in this movie. Think about that one.”
What is known however is that the potential movie will be a sequel to the original series, and this time the focus character would be Walter White’s former assistant Jesse, to be reprised by Paul Aaron. The general gist of the “Breaking Bad” film plot would be that of a kidnapped man escaping from his abductors and his ensuing “quest for freedom”. The New Mexico Film Office also remarks that they have approved production of the movie once again in Albaquerque, with actual production to already start sometime this month.
Despite the possible lack in the film of the central Walter White character, who (spoiler alert) died in the season finale way back in 2013, Bryan Cranston has expressed his interest to once again take up the role of White, also known by his underworld nickname of “Heisenberg”. A factor in his excitement at any chance of reprising the role is due to the involvement of the series creator Vince Gilligan in the film’s development. “I’m excited about it because it’s ‘Breaking Bad’ and it was the greatest professional period of my life,” Cranston remarked.
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