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‘Breaking Bad’ Movie in the Works
    2018-11-09  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A NEW chapter in “Breaking Bad” is in the works. U.S. media reported that “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan is working on a two-hour movie, though it remains unclear if that will be released theatrically or made for television.

Details on the project, which has been floating around the industry with a possible working title of “Greenbrier,” are slim. It’s unclear if the movie would be another prequel — like AMC’s “Better Call Saul” — or a follow-up of some sort. It’s also unclear whether any of the original stars, such as Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul, are involved in the new project, which sources stress will be set in the existing “Breaking Bad” franchise.

Gilligan, sources say, will pen the script, executive-produce and direct. “Breaking Bad” and prequel series “Better Call Saul” executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are also said to be attached to the film project, which is said to follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom. Production is expected to begin this month in New Mexico. The New Mexico Film Office confirmed that a project with the title of “Greenbrier” is slated to shoot in the region.

“Breaking Bad” became a critical breakout for AMC and ran for five seasons. AMC and producers Sony TV quickly greenlighted the prequel “Better Call Saul” as Gilligan’s follow-up series. The prequel, featuring Bob Odenkirk’s small-time lawyer, has been renewed for a fifth season, which set to air in 2019.

The “Breaking Bad” movie would mark Gilligan’s first project to stem from the new three-year overall deal he signed with Sony TV in July. Sources said the pact is valued at less than US$50 million as Gilligan is not in the same volume space as producers like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, who both signed nine-figure deals with Netflix.

A “Breaking Bad” film of any sort would be a boon for Sony TV, which, as an independent studio, has been fighting an uphill battle in an era when ownership has become increasingly important.

Gilligan’s new deal keeps one of television’s most respected showrunners in the business at the studio, which continues to focus on cable and streaming deals after a dismal upfront season in which it landed one new series on the five broadcast networks.

Cranston appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show” this week to confirm that there is indeed a “Breaking Bad” movie in the works and that creator Gilligan has reached out to him about it. Cranston said in the interview that he’d be interested in being part of the project but doesn’t know if his iconic character Walter White would be included in it.(SD-Agencies)

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