Firefly did it, Arrested Development is doing it, Veronica Mars has been trying to do it, and Party Down is in the process of doing it…it seems most beloved TV shows have been turning to the world of movies lately. Most of the time, this is the creator’s way of trying to complete the story he set out to create, but couldn’t finish due to being prematurely canceled.
But in Breaking Bad’s case, things are entirely different. The show, set to have its 5th season premiere on July 15, has a clear cut conclusion set for next year; hell, creator Vince Gilligan probably already knows how it’s going to end (the show got promised one last 16 episode season, but AMC decided to split it in half). Even then, lead actor Bryan Cranston sat down with the LA Times about the possibility of a movie sequel to the end of the show. Well he doesn’t exactly promise it will happen, he doesn’t rule the idea out:
“Vince feels that now we have too much story, We could actually go beyond those 16 episodes. It’s not far-fetched..I wouldn’t mind visiting that possibility. And this is coming from a guy who doesn’t know anything of how the show’s going to end. If it doesn’t end up in a total apocalypse, who knows? Maybe we could revisit Walter White a year down the road and see where his life has gone. If he’s still alive, that is.”
So what we have here is this…Bryan Cranston has no idea how the show’s going to end, but wouldn’t exactly be against continuing it in the future. Umm…yeah. I’m must going to wait until Vince Gilligan talks about this one before I consider it more than speculation. Honestly, well a film version of Breaking Bad sounds cool…I would prefer the show end on its own terms, not thinking about any future it may have going forward. Gilligan has talked up the idea of Walter dying at the end of the show quite frequently, so if that ends up happening, a film sequel could obviously never happen. But if something different ends up happening? Well, I guess I would have to see what before I completely rule out the idea of a sequel.
Whatever the case, the end begins for Breaking Bad this July, when the show returns for its fifth and penultimate season.