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Vince Gilligan straps on gas mask, gets to work on Breaking Bad movie

Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, and Aaron Paul
Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, and Aaron Paul
Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images)

AMC’s still making solid TV in these post-Mad Men times—watch Lodge 49!—but the network’s star is nowhere near as bright it was during that early ‘10s golden age. Their solution? Exploit what works, as they plan to do with a trilogy of Walking Dead movies. Now, Sony Pictures Television looks to do the same with another one of AMC’s properties: Breaking Bad.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Sony, a Breaking Bad producer, is developing a two-hour movie “set in the existing Breaking Bad franchise.” Creator Vince Gilligan is helming the project, which is said to “follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.” Breaking Bad and prequel series Better Call Saul executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are also along for the ride.

Here’s what we don’t know:

- If it’s a prequel, like Better Call Saul, or a continuation of the story.

- If Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will reprise their roles as Walter White or Jesse Pinkman, respectively.


- If it will play in theaters, or air alongside the adventures of Rick Grimes on AMC.

- How much of it will center around Huell. (All of it, we hope.)

Gilligan will serve as both writer and executive producer on the project, and may also direct it. They’ll have to clear up that last wrinkle soon, however, as production is reportedly kicking off this month in New Mexico.

Will somebody please tell Badger and Skinny Pete?

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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