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Breaking Bad the movie is coming, says Bryan Cranston – but will Walter White return?

  • Hit TV series about science teacher turned drug lord will be made into a film, its lead star says
  • But actor hasn’t read the script and can’t confirm his character will feature
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 November, 2018, 10:22am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 November, 2018, 2:20pm

Popular television drama Breaking Bad is coming back in movie format, says the show’s star Bryan Cranston, but it was not clear if his iconic character Walter White would return as well.

The series, which ran from 2008 until 2013, told the story of White, a high school science teacher who responds to a terminal cancer diagnosis by turning into a powerful drug lord.

It is one of the best-reviewed shows in TV history and earned a total of 16 Emmys, including four best actor prizes for Cranston, and two Golden Globes.

“There appears to be a movie version of Breaking Bad but I honestly have not even read the script,” Cranston, 62, said on The Dan Patrick Show, a national radio programme in the United States.

“So there’s question whether or not we would even see Walter White in this movie.”

Spoiler alert: White died at the end of the series.

Cranston said he would “absolutely” be interested in bringing White back should show creator Vince Gilligan ask him to do so.

“He’s a genius,” Cranston said. “I’m excited about it because it’s Breaking Bad. It was the greatest professional period of my life. And I can’t wait to see those people even if I just come by to visit.”

Cranston, an Oscar nominee for best actor in 2016 for his work on the Hollywood-set biopic Trumbo, said he believed the film would offer fans some more closure for “at least a couple” of the characters.

Several Hollywood media outlets said the tentative title of the project was Greenbrier.

It’s Breaking Bad. It was the greatest professional period of my life
Bryan Cranston

The New Mexico Film Office confirmed that a film by the same name, produced by Sony, would start filming later this month, and wrap in February. The series was also filmed in the southwestern state.

The announcement came days after AMC, the US TV channel that showed Breaking Bad, said another of its wildly popular series, The Walking Dead, would also have feature-length instalments.

Production on a Downton Abbey film has already begun.