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Report: Breaking Bad sequel movie will track Jesse’s life after the series finale

The Breaking Bad expanded universe is getting just a little bit bigger thanks to creator Vince Gilligan

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Five years after the conclusion of the original series, a Breaking Bad movie is in the works from the series’ original creator, Vince Gilligan, according to the Albuquerque Journal and Variety.

While it isn’t clear if this new project will be a theatrical release or a TV movie in the same vein as those recently announced for The Walking Dead, another AMC show, the Albuquerque Journal reports that the film is using the production title Greenbrier and will follow “the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”

Filming is taking place in the Albuquerque area, just like the original show did. Also filmed in Albuquerque is the series spinoff Better Call Saul, which serves both as a prequel to the story of Walter White’s rise and fall, as well as a sequel that follows his lawyer Saul Goodman (the pseudonym of Jimmy McGill), as he tries to escape the final events of the original show. It’s unclear if whatever Greenbrier is will take a similar approach to building on the Breaking Bad universe or follow a more conventional timeline.

Breaking Bad was created by Vince Gilligan — who is reportedly going to write and possibly even direct the upcoming movie — and began airing in 2008 to instant critical acclaim. While public reception to the first season was more tepid, the show grew steadily in popularity — thanks in large part to its availability on streaming services — in its following seasons before becoming a massive hit by its final season, which aired in 2013.

Update: Slashfilm has reported that the upcoming Breaking Bad movie will be a direct sequel to the original series and will follow Jesse Pinkman, one of the show’s two stars, after the events of the finale. According to the site, the kidnapped man from the movie’s initial description is in fact Pinkman, who will once again be played by Aaron Paul.

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