El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Coming to Netflix in October
UPDATE: The official teaser trailer and poster for the film has been released! Check it out below! The original story follows.
Long the subject of rumor, but confirmed to exist just this week, The New York Times reports that the Breaking Bad movie, officially titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, will debut on Netflix in October. The title comes from the vehicle Jesse used to escape in in the final minutes of the series finale.
An official announcement from the streaming service is expected to arrive on Monday, but NYT reports the film will be released on October 11. Written and directed by series creator Vince Gilligan, the film is described as follows: “In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.”
Emmy winner Aaron Paul will reprise his role for the film, calling it “a chapter of Breaking Bad” that he didn’t realize he wanted.
“And now that I have it, I’m so happy that it’s there,” he added.
Paul revealed that the idea first came to him from Gilligan about two years ago as they were talking about the tenth anniversary of the series’ premiere.
“At the very end of the conversation he mentioned that he had an idea of where to take it from here, and he wanted to hear my thoughts on it. I quickly told Vince that I would follow him into a fire.”
It’s unclear what other characters from the Breaking Bad universe will appear in the series, though one photo included in the NYT write up on the story features recurring character Skinny Pete, now with a full head of hair.
The Emmy Award-winning series aired on AMC before seasons were later made available on Netflix. Vince Gilligan credited the streamer for its contribution to the show’s success in his 2013 Emmy acceptance speech, saying that he thinks Netflix helped keep the show on the air.
AMC’s Breaking Bad ended its critically acclaimed five-season run with a finale that brought in a series record 10.3 million viewers. It was followed by the prequel series Better Call Saul, focused on Bob Odenkirk’s small-time lawyer Jimmy McGill, which just got renewed for a fifth season.