Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is developing a new film connected to the critically acclaimed series. The writer-director is currently plotting a two-hour feature, Variety reports, though it’s unclear whether the project will wind up in theaters or on television. According to The Albuquerque Journal reports, citing the New Mexico Film Office, the project will be titled “Greenbrier,” with production running from mid-November through early February.
The film office would neither confirm nor deny the film’s connection to Breaking Bad, though a “source close to the project” affirmed that detail to The Albuquerque Journal. The publication also teased a longline for the film, which reportedly “tracks the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.” Slash Film “confirmed” that the “kidnapped man” will be Breaking Bad character Jesse Pinkman, with the story picking up after the show’s turbulent finale episode. Aaron Paul will reportedly reprise his co-starring role, which earned him three Emmy wins for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Bryan Cranston, who played the series’ iconic protagonist, Walter White, acknowledged that there “appears to be a movie version of Breaking Bad” in an interview with The Dan Patrick Show, though the noted he hasn’t read or received the script. “There’s a question of whether or not we’ll even see Walter White in this movie,” he said, adding that he would take part in the project if needed.
“If Vince Gilligan asked me to do it, then sure, absolutely,” he said. “This idea, from what I’m told, gets into those, at least a couple of the characters that were not completed as far as their journey.”
Gilligan, who also created the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, signed a three-year deal with Sony Pictures Television in July. “Greenbrier,” if confirmed, would mark his first project for the company. No official details – including casting or potential release dates – are currently known. A rep for Gilligan did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
In a statement, New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis said the city is “happy to welcome ‘Greenbrier’ and Sony Studios to New Mexico.” He continued, “For years, we’ve built up the film industry in New Mexico and strengthened our film incentives; now, we’re seeing success after success for the film industry in our state.”
Gilligan set and filmed Breaking Bad in Albuquerque over a six-year span. The Bryan Cranston-starring drama, which earned 58 Emmy Awards over its five seasons, aired its series finale on September 29th, 2013.