Ever since the AMC series Breaking Bad ended in 2013, fans have been clamoring for a movie, and there was talk that such a movie might appear on Netflix. Then Aaron Paul started dropping hints that made it seem like some kind of announcement was imminent.
There was: Paul and Bryan Cranston have indeed reunited, but not for a Breaking Bad movie. It was for a product that disappointed fans probably wanted to start drinking when they heard the announcement.
What would a ‘Breaking Bad’ movie be about?
At first glance, it might be hard to fathom how a Breaking Bad movie could be possible. It may seem silly to worry about spoiling something that aired six years ago, but here’s what we will say: a key character got a very definitive ending, and that show could not possibly continue unless the show went in a different direction.
According to IndieWire, the speculation was that the movie would go forward and tell the story of Jesse and his life post-Walter. There would be legitimate story potential there without it feeling like a cash grab. We had one spinoff, Better Call Saul, so why not another?
Paul indicated he was on board with the idea, saying, “If it were to happen, yes, I would love to do it.” No doubt he was sincere, but the keyword in his quote was “if.”
Then Paul started tweeting. First, it was a picture of two mules. When it comes to mules and Paul, mules must mean drugs, right? It said only “Soon.”
Then it was a picture of himself and Cranston. This time, the caption said: “Even sooner.” This couldn’t be anything but a Breaking Bad movie announcement, could it?
Brian Cranston and Aaron Paul reunited for an ad
Nope. According to The Wrap, those teases turned out to be for Cranston and Paul’s new brand of deluxe liquor, Dos Hombres, which is Spanish for “Two Men.”
Cranston’s Instagram post reads:
“Three years ago we sat in a sushi bar in New York. Talking about life and what we could possibly do down the road together. We had the time of our lives while shooting Breaking Bad and truly built a very special bond. Knowing that we couldn’t share the screen for quite a while – our thoughts turned to a new project. We sipped cocktails and thought about what it should be. The younger one looked at his drink and said, you know what we should do? We should do a really special Mezcal … We are crazy about the taste, the aroma, and the versatility of this smokey, age-old alcohol. Try it, and let us know what you think. We are certain you will love it. Well, that’s our story. What’s yours?”
Some commenters on Instagram were not amused. One said: “Bull— release the movie.” Another said: “I was hoping for a movie but this is greeattt, I’ll get drunk just for you guys.”
The writer for The Wrap said: “We’re sure the Mezcal is delicious, but we feel we’ve been had. We feel as if we’re now pathetically scraping a pizza off the roof of our house or are hopelessly chasing a fly around a warehouse as we await more news on a Breaking Bad movie.”
Could a ‘Breaking Bad’ movie still happen?
The liquor ad does not appear to be some kind of strange promo for the movie, it really does seem to be just an ad, unless maybe Cranston and Paul are making a Star Wars Rogue One-type movie that shows how they progressed from booze to meth.
Since that’s unlikely, we note that this Hollywood Reporter story said the movie would be a sequel, and it would air on both AMC and Netflix and that the movie would indeed be a sequel following Jesse, although Cranston said he would like to participate. TV Line reported that the movie had gone into late last year.
So put the Mezcal away — there’s hope yet.