The Breaking Bad movie may premiere through Netflix before airing on AMC afterwards. In the years since Walter White (Bryan Cranston) met his demise in the Breaking Bad season 5 finale, "Felina", the show has further cemented its status as one of the most celebrated TV series of all time. Meanwhile, the larger brand has continued to live on, thanks to AMC and creator Vince Gilligan's prequel/spinoff series Better Call Saul. The latter has since carved out a legacy of its own and is considered by many to be just as good (if not better) than its predecessor, at this stage.
Then, in an unexpected development last November, the news emerged that Gilligan is working on a Breaking Bad movie. Details on the film are being kept under wraps for now, with Cranston confirming the project is happening, but admitting he hasn't actually read a script yet. The popular theory is that the film will follow Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who was last seen driving off into the night to enjoy his newfound freedom in the Breaking Bad finale. According to the latest update, that will indeed be the case and the movie itself (or however it's presented) is destined for the small screen.
According to Deadline, the Breaking Bad movie will likely premiere through Netflix, before it airs on AMC thereafter. The site further reports that the script is being shot like a feature and does indeed appear to revolve around the newly-escaped Jesse. At the same time, Deadline says the film could end up being split up into multiple episodes or aired as a single feature-length movie.
The move to Netflix isn't all that shocking, in light of Breaking Bad's history with the streamer. Gilligan has long credited Netflix for helping the show to find a larger audience by streaming each season shortly after they finished airing on AMC, and even thanked the company in his Emmys acceptance speech in 2013 (when Breaking Bad finally won for Best Drama Series). Moreover, if the film premieres through Netflix, that guarantees fans will be able to watch the whole thing in one sitting, whether it's released as a collection of episodes or a single three-act movie. AMC will still get to reap the benefits by airing the film afterwards, for those who either don't have a Netflix subscription and/or would rather finish watching the saga on the same network where it started, all the way back in early 2008.
As for the film itself: a reported cast list released last month included Cranston as a cast member, in addition to other actors whose characters died at some point in the Breaking Bad TV series. There are certainly a variety of ways for Walter White to return from the grave for the feature, whether it's by way of flashbacks or as a specter haunting Jesse in the present-day. After everything he went through, Jesse will undoubtedly be traumatized and tormented when fans catch up with him in the movie (assuming that's the plan, as has been all but confirmed by this point). As such, there's a good chance he'll find himself constantly lost in his memories of the past and remembering those who are no longer alive - Walter included - for one tragic reason or another.
We'll bring you more details on the Breaking Bad movie as they become available.