\'Breaking Bad\' Creator Vince Gilligan Is Making A Movie From The TV Hit

Bryan Cranston, left, starred as Walter White and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in AMC's "Breaking Bad." A movie version with creator Vince Gilligan is underway.(Photo: Frank Ockenfels/AP)

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"Breaking Bad" is returning, somehow. 

Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC TV series, is writing and directing a two-hour "Breaking Bad" spinoff about to get underway, a person familiar with the production, but not authorized to speak publicly about it, confirms to USA TODAY.

The film will begin shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the setting for the "Breaking Bad" series, in mid-November and extend through early February, according to the Albuquerque Journal, which broke the news of the project. It's unclear whether it will be released theatrically or sold to a TV network. 

Filmmakers had requested tax breaks for the film with the New Mexico Film Office under the secretive title of "Greenbrier" to avoid attention, according to the Journal. 

The New Mexico Film Office had no comment about the "Breaking Bad" film. But an announcement from the office's director stated,  "We are happy to welcome 'Greenbrier' and Sony Studios to New Mexico." 

The release described the plot of “Greenbrier” as a story that tracks the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom, but those details could not be confirmed.

The TV series ended its five-season dramatic run in 2013 with the death of Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) on the floor of a meth lab

What's not clear is the story connection to the original "Breaking Bad" series.

 Gilligan created the prequel "Better Call Saul" featuring lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), who later became the "Bad" character Saul Goodman.

Also not stated: which, if any, of the series' stars – including leads Cranston (as White, the high-school chemistry teacher turned drug lord) and Aaron Paul (as his often-reluctant accomplice Jesse White) – will return. Both are working on other projects.

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The last scene filmed of "Breaking Bad" in 2013 was a flashback to the pilot episode, when Walt (Bryan Cranston, left) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) cook meth for the first time together. "It was a huge challenge," says creator Vince Gilligan, sharing exclusive on-set photos with USA TODAY. "The RV was a prop we hadn't used in years, and needed to get up and running by our (transportation) department." Vince Gilligan>FullscreenA road sign for To'hajiilee, a Native American reservation
A road sign for To'hajiilee, a Native American reservation about 40 miles west of Albuquerque where the "Bad" team spent their final day shooting the hit series. Vince Gilligan>FullscreenTo'hajiilee was found by location scouts for 'Bad'
To'hajiilee was found by location scouts for "Bad" back in 2007, when the pilot was shot. "It was a very cinematically striking place," Gilligan says of the red-rock formations and white, puffy clouds. "As soon as I saw it, I wanted to shoot there." Vince Gilligan>Fullscreen"It was in the script that Walt cooked in his underpants,"
"It was in the script that Walt cooked in his underpants," says Gilligan of the character's iconic garb, painstakingly re-created for "Ozymandias." The apron and green shirt he wears in that scene were found by costume designer Kathleen Detoro. Vince Gilligan>Fullscreen'Ozymandias' director Rian Johnson, left, and Cranston
"Ozymandias" director Rian Johnson, left, and Cranston on set. "Tiger Woods always made golfing look easy, and Rian is kind of that guy when it comes to directing," Gilligan says. "He's so happy and relaxed, and it's infectious." Vince Gilligan>FullscreenMoira Walley-Beckett, who wrote the 'Ozymandias' episode
Moira Walley-Beckett, who wrote the "Ozymandias" episode and has gone on to write Netflix's "Anne With an E." Vince Gilligan>FullscreenTo'hajiilee was found by location scouts for 'Bad'
For Paul, returning to Walt and Jesse's mobile lab on the last day of shooting was "surreal. We had shot out in the desert many times since the pilot, but knowing it was the last day to perfectly bookend the series was very special to us. I was stuck inside the RV dreading (they would) say, 'Check the gate,' " he says, using film lingo for when a shot is finished. "All I wanted was to keep rolling." Vince Gilligan>Fullscreen"When we first started this show, no one could have
"When we first started this show, no one could have anticipated it would become the phenomenon that it did," says Cranston, pictured here between takes. "It was just a little show in the desert in New Mexico that was telling a very compelling human story." Vince Gilligan>FullscreenAaron Paul, left, and Bryan Cranston on their final
Paul, left, and Cranston read their final script over dinner, and later got tattoos to commemorate five seasons of working together. "It was six years of intimacy and developing a family," Cranston says. Paul "was really dreading that last day because he's a very emotional guy." Vince Gilligan>Fullscreen

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    Cranston called into Wednesday's "The Dan Patrick Show" to talk about his Broadway return in "Network" and fielded questions about the movie project.

    "Yes, there appears to be a movie version of 'Breaking Bad,' but I honestly have not even read the script," Cranston said on the syndicated radio show. "I'm excited about it, because it's 'Breaking Bad.' "

    More: How that fan-favorite 'Breaking Bad' character wound up on 'Better Call Saul'

    "There's a question of whether or not we would even see Walter White in this movie," Cranston added. But the star said he would "absolutely" be interested in appearing in the film "if Vince Gilligan asked me to do it. He's a genius."

    As far as the movie's plot, Cranston chose his words carefully.

    "There's a lot of people who felt they wanted to see some sort of completion to some of these storylines that were left open," he said. Cranston noted that the project would follow "at least a couple of the characters who were not completed as far their journey."

     

     

    Source : https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2018/11/07/breaking-bad-movie-underway-tv-series-creator-vince-gilligan/1918934002/

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