Choosing his words carefully, the man who brought Walter White to life tells Dan Patrick he has been contacted by Vince Gilligan, but has not seen a script.
The actor was speaking on "The Dan Patrick Show" Wednesday night when he was asked about the reports circulating that Vince Gilligan is planning a return to "Bad" in the form of a feature film, possibly serving as a sequel to the modern-classic AMC television series.
Neither AMC nor Gilligan has proven willing to say anything about this yet, and at first, it looked like Cranston might follow suit. When asked about the rumored film, he first joked, "I'm sorry, I didn't hear the question."
"Yes, there appears to be a movie version of ‘Breaking Bad,’ but I honestly have not even read the script," he said very carefully. "So I couldn’t tell you."
He admitted that he's not even sure if there would be a place for Walter White in this film, which is reportedly a sequel following up on what happened to Aaron Paul's character, Jesse Pinkman, after the explosive events of the series finale five years ago.
"There’s a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some kind of completion to some of these storylines that were left open and this idea, from what I’m told, gets into those, at least a couple of the characters, who were not completed as far as their journey," White said.
That's a very roundabout way of saying Jesse's story was left unfinished, and considering what his relationship with Walter White did to every single facet of his live through the run of the show, seeing how he moves forward from that certainly fits the bill of something people would want to see.
It helps that the "Bad" universe has already been expanded successfully via "Better Call Saul," a prequel series based on Bob Odenkir's slimy lawyer. Add this to the news that AMC is expanding "The Walking Dead" universe with a trilogy of films based on Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes, and this report begins to make even more sense.
The network is reportedly looking to make a big impact in the world of big-budget, feature-length films in the same way Netflix has been with films like Will Smith's "Bright." It would make sense to focus on the brand's most popular properties like "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad." How long before rumors begin to circulate of a film set in the "Mad Men" universe?
As popular entertainment consumption continues to evolve and attention spans continue to wane, making feature films based on popular properties serves to expand the brand with a smaller overall commitment.
AMC has not indicated whether the "Walking Dead" films are slated for the network or if they're eyeing an actual theatrical run, but no matter how they approach it, these are notably going to be events they can promote aggressively.
And if a "Breaking Bad" movie does happen, there's no way Walter White doesn't make an appearance. He's the face of the franchise. We already know (despite no one confirming) that he will show up at some point in "Better Call Saul." And considering the occasional non-linear approach to storytelling Gilligan used, it's a no-brainer that he'd appear in this film as well.
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