Television drama to return in a new movie, which could be a prequel or a sequel
Popular television drama Breaking Bad is coming back in movie format, the show’s star Bryan Cranston said on Wednesday, but it was not clear if his iconic character Walter White would return as well.
The series, which ran from 2008 until 2013, told the story of White, a high school science teacher who responds to a terminal cancer diagnosis by turning into a powerful drug lord. It is one of the best-reviewed shows in TV history and earned a total of 16 Emmys, including four best actor prizes for Cranston, and two Golden Globes.
“There appears to be a movie version of Breaking Bad but I honestly have not even read the script,” Cranston, 62, said on The Dan Patrick Show, a national radio program. “So there’s question whether or not we would even see Walter White in this movie.”
Spoiler alert: White died at the end of the series, which aired in the United States on cable network AMC. But Cranston nevertheless said he would “absolutely” be interested in bringing White back should show creator Vince Gilligan ask him to do so.
“He’s a genius,” Cranston said. “I’m excited about it because it’s Breaking Bad. It was the greatest professional period of my life. And I can’t wait to see those people even if I just come by to visit.”
Cranston, an Oscar nominee for best actor in 2016 for his work on the Hollywood-set biopic Trumbo, said he believed the film would offer fans some more closure for “at least a couple” of the characters.
Several Hollywood media outlets said the tentative title of the project was Greenbrier. The New Mexico Film Office confirmed that a film by the same name, produced by Sony, would start filming later this month, and wrap in February. The series was also filmed in the southwestern state.
The announcement came days after AMC said another of its wildly popular series, The Walking Dead, would also have feature-length installments.
Production on a Downton Abbey film has already begun.