The Breaking Bad Movie Will Actually Play In Movie Theaters

Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad

Television fans are getting spoiled. Extensions of their favorite television shows are making their way to the bigger screen with increased frequency. For example, Downton Abbey enthusiasts will be able to revisit the Crowleys when that beloved show unleashes a feature film into movie theaters beginning on September 20. Well, Abbey isn’t alone, as Breaking Bad now says it’s new movie will play movie theaters, as well.

You didn’t know there was a Breaking Bad movie? You’re not alone. The feature film was rumored, and then sprung on an unsuspecting fan base recently. Written and directed by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie once again stars Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, and will follow the character through the events after the show’s series finale. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, El Camino will play on theater screens in 68 cities starting on October 11.

That’s also the day that El Camino will arrive on Netflix, making the film available to millions of Breaking Bad fans who likely used the service to binge-watch the gripping series and stay up-to-date in the criminal enterprise of Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul). But if you want to experience the new film on the biggest screen possible, you better be living in a major city like New York and Los Angeles, or lucky enough to be in Albuquerque, where the Breaking Bad television series AND the secret movie were filmed.

But you better act quickly. EW notes that El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will only be in theaters for three days, screening from October 11-13. It also will make its way to AMC (where the show aired for years) following its exclusive Netflix run.

In the recent interview for THR, Gilligan and Paul opened up about the extensive efforts they took to keep the project off the radar. The title refers to the car that Jesse rode to freedom in the series finale of the show. The article confirms that 10 major Breaking Bad characters will appear in the movie, and reveals two of them will be Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) and Badger (Matt L. Jones), Jesse’s running mates. In fact, Pete was in the movie’s trailer:

Could Bryan Cranston also appear? We can only hope, in some fashion.

Breaking Bad fans haven’t been starving for content. AMC continues to run the Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul, which relies on outstanding performances by Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks to flesh out the rich world created by Gilligan. But Aaron Paul’s flawed and damaged Jesse Pinkman has long been a fan favorite, and we have no doubt fans will be eager to see what Gilligan thinks has happened to him.

Look for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie in various formats when it starts showing its cards on October 11.

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