Could There Be a ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie? Vince Gilligan Says ‘Anything Is Possible’
Few fans of The Sopranos expected to return to that fictional world after the series ended in 2007, yet a movie spinoff is currently in development. So could Breaking Bad get that same treatment someday? Have we truly seen the last of Walter White?
That’s a question that was posed during the Breaking Bad 10th anniversary panel at Comic-Con this week, and creator Vince Gilligan didn’t rule it out.
“I love that question,” Gilligan said. “I love that question. You know, anything’s possible. Anything is…you know, we live in a world fraught with possibilities, good and bad.”
Bryan Cranston himself didn’t seem as optimistic; he responded with a flat out “no.” However, it should be noted that he was asked whether he thought it was possible that Breaking Bad could return for a movie, not whether he would come back if asked.
If there were a movie, could it actually feature Bryan Cranston, though? Walter White died at the end of the show, but this week, Cranston somewhat jokingly suggested that his character could still be alive.
“Maybe Walter White did get away with it,” he said on Conan. “Was there a coroner’s report? No! There was no coroner’s report! Was there a listing in the obituaries? No!”
Cranston has been making comments like that for years. When Gilligan was asked in 2017 whether Walt is truly dead, he simply responded, “Sure looked that way to me!” Still, it seems pretty clear that we’re supposed to leave the series believing Walt to be dead, and either way, Gilligan has discussed the finale as being the end of Walt’s story.
In Alan Sepinwall’s book Breaking Bad 101: The Complete Critical Companion, for instance, Gilligan explains, “Sam Catlin, one of my writers — and this was two or three years before our final episodes — he said a wise thing: ‘I think that the show is over the moment Walt realizes that he’s been rationalizing. Once he admits to himself who he truly is, in that very moment, the show is over.’ Sam was absolutely on the money.”
So it seems pretty unlikely that Gilligan would just up and continue Walt’s story after all that, and Cranston said during the Comic-Con panel that he’d be worried about going back and messing with perfection.
“We’re all very proud of our show and I think in some ways it’s best to leave it alone,” he said. “You want to think back on it favorably and say, ‘I don’t want to mess with it.’”
Still, that doesn’t mean we won’t ever see Bryan Cranston play Walter White or Aaron Paul play Jesse Pinkman again. There’s still the spinoff, Better Call Saul, which has featured appearances by many cast members from Breaking Bad. At Comic-Con, creator Vince Gilligan said that Walt and Jesse won’t be in the upcoming fourth season, but he all but confirmed that we’ll see them in the series at some point.
“I would suspect that we would be sorely remiss if these characters didn’t appear on the show before it ended,” Gilligan said.