It is safe to say that AMC’s Breaking Bad is an unmitigated success. The show, which debuted in 2008, ran for five seasons – each one rated better by critics and viewers than the last. The series has not only skyrocketed the careers of Bryan Cranston aka Walter White and Aaron Paul aka Jesse Pinkman but it also spawned a well-regarded spin-off – Better Call Saul based on Breaking Bad character, Saul Goodman.
It seems like the popularity of Breaking Bad has yet to wane even five years after the release of the series finale. According to reports, a movie based on the show is currently brewing.
In a recent article, the Albuquerque Journal reported that a Breaking Bad movie is geared to shoot in the area. The New Mexico Movie Film Office confirmed to the publication that movie entitled Greenbrier would be shooting in the city this month until February of next year. In the log, Greenbrier would follow the story of a kidnapped man as he tries to escape captivity:
“We are happy to welcome ‘Greenbrier’ and Sony Studios to New Mexico. For years, we’ve built up the film industry in New Mexico and strengthened our film incentives; now, we’re seeing success after success for the film industry in our state” read the statement issued by New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis.
It has yet to be confirmed whether or not Greenbrier is indeed a Breaking Bad movie adaptation. Nevertheless, all the clues point in the affirmative. Greenbrier is a project of Vince Gilligan – the creator both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Greenbrier is his first movie project after signing a three year contract with Sony in July.
The film adaptation of Breaking Bad is not much of a surprise especially considering the series’ success. In fact, the movie isn’t the first time the AMC original was remade for a different medium. In the aftermath of the series finale, Sony confirmed that the show would be remade for Spanish audiences. Entitled Metastasis, the series starred Diego Trujillo as Walter Blanco and Roberto Urbina as Jose Miguel Rosas aka Jesse Pinkman.
A live talk show based on Breaking Bad also premiered in the same year the series ended. Talking Bad was hosted by famed podcaster Chris Hardwick and included not only celebrity fans of the show but the cast and crew themselves.
Still, an opera based on an episode of Breaking Bad was rumored to be in development. In 2013, famed composer Sung Jin Hong revealed that he is interested in working on an operatic piece based on Ozymandias – the third to the last episode of the series:
“At this very moment, the details of Breaking Bad — Ozymandias (2014) may not be confirmed, but I hope to explore the question that the drama obsessively and hauntingly asked: ‘are we all breaking bad?’”
As of this point, neither Sony nor any member of Breaking Bad’s cast and crew has confirmed their involvement in a Breaking Bad film adaptation.