Earlier today, friend-of-the-site James Shapiro shared with me a post from The Albuquerque Journal, one claiming that a Breaking Bad movie would soon be going into production in New Mexico. This was my exact response to that post:
If a Breaking Bad movie were actually happening - if, as the Albuquerque Journal claimed, Vince Gilligan really was spearheading the project and taking it into production this month - we certainly would've heard about it before now, and definitely wouldn't be hearing about it for the first time via the Albuquerque Journal (extremely Bobby Bottleservice voice: "No disrespect").
Why, that's the sort of thing a major Hollywood trade would need to -
“Breaking Bad may have had its finale in 2013, but Variety has confirmed that series creator Vince Gilligan is working on a new film with ties to the beloved series.
Gilligan is working on a two-hour film, though whether it’s destined for multiplexes or television is unclear."
Welp. That's Variety confirming what the Albuquerque Journal reported earlier today: a Breaking Bad movie really is headed our way, Vince Gilligan's really working on it, and the plot apparently revolves around "the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.” Sorry for doubting you, Albuquerque Journal.
Now: there's a lot here we don't know. We don't know how that logline ties back to the series. We don't know if this is a feature film or a TV movie. We don't know if anyone from the original show will be back to reprise their roles. The whole thing's pretty damn mysterious (serious question: did they intend to keep this a secret?) and we're fascinated to see where things go from here. Obviously, we'll be keeping our ear to the ground for further updates, and will pass 'em along to you as soon as they arrive.
UPDATE: Well, now we know what the Breaking Bad movie's about.
Stay tuned, gang, and - in the meantime - feel free to use the comments below to share your thoughts and feelings about this most unexpected development.