One of the greatest television shows of all-time is getting a movie. According to multiple reports including The Hollywood Reporter, a two-hour Breaking Bad movie is in the works.
This movie, which is reportedly going by the working title of Greenbrier, stems from a three-year deal between Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan and Sony Pictures Television. It is unclear if the film is a prequel, sequel, or more unrelated while in the same Breaking Bad universe, but it “is said to follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”
UPDATE: The film is expected to be a sequel following Jesse Pinkman in the immediate aftermath of the series finale.
It is also unclear if the Breaking Bad movie will be released in theaters or for television, but theaters seems like the better bet. This is a similar move to HBO’s The Sopranos—another show considered among the best of all-time by almost everyone—getting a feature film in the form of a prequel. HBO’s Deadwood is also getting a movie; and HBO’s Entourage made a sequel movie that released in 2015, four years after the show’s end in 2011. So Sony Pictures Television is joining in on the fun.
HBO’s Game of Thrones had considered the idea of releasing the final season as three feature films to be released in theaters, but they ultimately (and thankfully) scrapped that idea and are airing it on the network as usual.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, which first reported the news of the Breaking Bad movie, reports the New Mexico Film Office says production will begin in the middle of this month and go through early February.
A 2019 release looks like a strong possibility, but 2020 is probably the latest an new chapter in the Breaking Bad saga will be released.