While nothing is officially confirmed…yet, we know the upcoming “Breaking Bad” movie is happening and the spotlight is expected to be on everyone’s favorite meth chef, Jesse Pinkman. Played by Aaron Paul, the last time we saw Jesse he was disappearing into the dark of the desert.
As one fan, Steven Hyden, wrote on Uproxx about the show that left the airways more than five years ago: “It seemed less like a loose end than a tantalizing grace not for the most tortured character in Walter White’s orbit. The value of not knowing was the hope that he would somehow be OK. But now, I know Jesse has another two hours of torment ahead of him. Thank you?”
Filming, which is said already to be happening in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is expected to hit the airwaves sometime next year.
As it gets closer to airtime, expect SBR’s best sportsbooks to seize on any number of topics for prop bets such as plotlines, guest stars (can you say Bryan Cranston?), and if Pinkman lives to see another movie.
The movie will first run on Netflix before making the move to AMC. The show’s producers have long cited Netflix for the series survival and popularity as the streaming service made the first seasons available broadening the fan base and extending the series lifespan.
As you may remember, “Breaking Bad” centered on Walter White, a chemistry teacher who turns to make and sell meth to help his family after a cancer diagnosis. The character was played by Cranston, who won four Emmy Awards for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the role.
With the exception of those involved in the movie, no one knows what’s going occur in the next chapter but it does not, of course, stop reporters from asking or fans from speculating.
Appearing at the Sun Valley Film Festival in Idaho recently, Aaron Paul fielded questions about the movie but played coy.
“Rumors are funny — I once heard a rumor that I was being cast as Han Solo,” Paul said, according to Deadline Hollywood. “I haven’t heard anything about the ‘Breaking Bad’ movie but if there is one and it comes together I’d love to be a part of it.”
“If it were to happen, yes, I would love to do it,” he continued, per Uproxx and Vanity Fair. “In case you haven’t caught up on the TV series, Walter dies, so… it has to star Jesse.”
Cranston all but confirmed a sequel was coming, even making a pitch for his character making an appearance if possible. He called into “The Dan Patrick Show” late last year and admitted he had not seen a script.
“There’s a question whether or not we would even see Walter White in this movie,” the 62-year-old actor told Patrick. “I would absolutely [be in the movie], if Vince Gilligan asked me to do it. Sure, absolutely. He’s a genius. It’s great story, and there are a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some kind of completion to some of these storylines that were left open.”
“This idea, from what I am told, gets into those, at least a couple of the characters, who were not completed as far as their journey,” he added.
Creator Vince Gilligan hasn’t said much about the sequel movie but he made it clear in published reports that the movie would focus on Paul’s Pinkman.
When last we saw the meth cooker wunderkind, the character chose not to shoot Walter, and was behind the wheel of his car, busting through the gates of his uncle’s place driving to who knows where.
“From here on, it’s up to us to say where he is headed,” Gilligan said about the script for the “Breaking Bad” finale. “I like to call it ‘something better’ and leave it at that.”
The movie is said to pick up pretty close to where the series left off. Fans on Reddit have published their own theories, some serious, some outlandish, on what happened to Pinkman. Cranston has a theory too:
–“At the end … they will have switched places completely. And who knows, maybe Jesse will become a chemistry teacher, after everything Walt has taught him.”
–“He moves to Hollywood and (arranges) a meeting between Jesse and Nick ‘Ron Swanson’ Offerman, and the two of them spend a few hours in Offerman’s woodworking shop. It is the happiest day of Jesse’s life.”
-Also, according to Cranston: “I would like to see [Jesse] break that mold and eventually find his own real true calling. Something that empowered him as a human being, that is on the straight and narrow, that allows him to be able to open up, to let another human being into his life. And be happy.”
Only time will tell.