A Breaking Bad feature film isn’t just on its way. It has apparently already finished filming, according to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk, who plays lawyer Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman, on both series. In support of this recent statement, Netflix has released the first trailer for the film, which is called El Calmino: A Breaking Bad Movie, and will appear on the streaming service on October 11, 2019, according to the trailer.
The first teaser shows only one character from the beloved series, Sneaky Pete, who is apparently being questioned on the whereabouts of Jessie Pinkman after his disappearance from captivity.
“No way I’m helping you people put Jessie Pinkman back inside a cage,” Pete says through a face that has apparently been heavily damaged by years of meth use.
“I am excited about the Breaking Bad movie,” Odenkirk said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I find it hard to believe you don’t know it was shot. They did it … How is that a secret? But it is. They’ve done an amazing job of keeping it a secret.”
The film was reportedly written and directed by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, and is set to arrive on the streaming service that helped make the show a smash hit in less than two months. From the interview, with Odenkirk, it sounds like his Saul character may not be directly involved with the movie, but his comments line up with previous reports that the project was filmed between November 2018 and February 2019.
Slashfilm says that the movie, code-named “Greenbriar,” will follow Aaron Paul’s Breaking Bad character Jesse Pinkman as the former meth cook attempts to rebuild his life after escaping from a drug cartel and white supremacists in Breaking Bad‘s final episode. (Warning: Spoilers about Breaking Bad follow).
Last winter, Deadline claimed that the film might drop on Netflix before airing on AMC, and that it could be cut into multiple episodes instead of arriving all at once, though the official premiere date from the trailer would seem to detract from that report.
Sites like Revenge of the Fans report that almost every actor from Breaking Bad‘s run, including Bryan Cranston, Jonathan Banks, and Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter, will return for the movie. Given that many of those characters met definitive ends during Breaking Bad‘s initial run, it’s not clear how they’ll reappear in a sequel, although Breaking Bad did make liberal use of flashbacks during its five-season run.
Premiering in January 2008, Breaking Bad followed high-school chemistry teacher Walter White (Cranston), who, after being diagnosed with lung cancer and given just a few years to live, decides to secure his family’s financial future by manufacturing and selling crystallized methamphetamine (crystal meth). He recruits former student Jesse Pinkman to get a foothold in the local drug trade, only to be pulled deeper and deeper into an increasingly dangerous environment as he tangles with drug kingpins, law enforcement, and a variety of other threats to both himself and his family.
Over the course of five record-setting seasons, Breaking Bad won 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards, among a long list of other accolades, and was named the most critically acclaimed show of all time by Guinness World Records in 2013. A spinoff series following Walter’s morally flexible attorney, titled Better Call Saul, premiered in February 2015. Season 5 of Better Call Saul airs in 2020.
Updated on August 22, 2019: Added Odenkirk interview and the rumor that filming is already finished.