Could Breaking Bad Become A Movie After The Series Ends?
24. The Sopranos. Glee. Lost. Arrested Development. Over the years, a number of popular television shows have teased fans with the promise of a potential movie extending the small-screen experience. But look back over that list. How many have actually come to fruition? Well, you can add Breaking Bad to that growing list of hopefuls leaving the door open to a possible feature-length film.
While teasing the premiere of the fifth season of the wildly popular AMC drama, series star Bryan Cranston told The L.A. Times that creator Vince Gilligan has too many story elements to squeeze into the 16 episodes to which they have committed over the next two seasons, and that a Breaking Bad film isn’t as “far-fetched” as some might have believed.
“I wouldn’t mind visiting that possibility” Cranston said about a possible movie somewhere down the line. “And this is coming from a guy who doesn’t know anything of how the show’s going to end. If it doesn’t end up in a total apocalypse, who knows? Maybe we could revisit Walter White a year down the road and see where his life has gone. If he’s still alive, that is.”
The rest of the article gets spoilery about where Gilligan and Cranston plan to bring meth kingpin Walter White in season five of the program. But is a movie a possibility? Will people pay for something they’re used to getting at home for free (or for the cost of their monthly cable bill)? It’s not too often that the entertainment realms of television and movies blend to create a cinematic experience that started on the smaller screen. Over the years, several popular movies have given way to a TV show. And we hear plans for projects like The Dark Tower to utilize film and TV components. But it hasn’t happened yet. And until Breaking Bad pulls it off, I’m chalking this up to an actor excited about the potential of a future film, but I’m not penciling a feature onto the calendar.
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