For “Breaking Bad’ fans, the clock is running.
The unpredictable TV show is returning to TV via Netflix on Oct. 11 in a one-time (?) movie “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.’ The film also will premeire in movie theaters in 68 cities including New York, Los Angeles, and, wait for it, Albuquerque.
After the first of the year, the AMC cable network, the original home of the iconic series about a high school chemistry teacher turned meth cooker, will air the movie as well.
For a show that ended in 2013, it always seemed to be simmering on a backburner somewhere, just waiting for more heat to bring it back to a full-boil on television.
Well, now it’s time has come again. And oddsmakers at BetOnline are on top of it as well with a meth lab full of prop bets. (OK, that may be an exaggeration, but people are excited.)
Not officially announced until principal filming had wrapped in New Mexico, show creator/writer/producer Vince Gilligan says the new film will debut six years after the popular series ended with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) literally driving an El Camino to his freedom out of an Aryan Brotherhood.
A trailer dropped during the Emmy Awards and it picks up where the series ended with the added bonus of Jesse looking for revenge.
A brief refresh: wanted man and drug kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston) frees Pinkman from a white supremacist gang who as forcing feeding him meth. Last we saw Pinkman he was careening off the property.
In the trailer we see Pinkman taking cover with friend Skinny Pete (Charles Baker), getting cleaned up and getting some sleep before getting his revenge. Badger (Matthew Lee Jones) shows up in the trailer as well.
Who don’t we see? Walter White ,played my multiple Emmy-winner Cranston, who died in the series finale.
Gilligan has made it clear this is Jesse’s movie, but surely he’ll appear somewhere, if only in flashbacks right? Everyone is staying mum.
“I don’t know if there’s an appearance – flashbacks, flash forwards,’ Cranston said on a talk show appearance earlier this year. “But I’m excited about it because it’s ‘Breaking Bad’ and it was the greatest professional period of my life.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will hit many of the sweet spots for fans, the movie’s intended audience. So, if you haven’t watched you better get your binge on.
“If, after 12 years, you haven’t watched Breaking Bad, you’re probably not going to start now,” Gilligan says. “If you do, I hope that this movie would still be engaging on some level, but there’s no doubt in my mind that you won’t get as much enjoyment out of it. We don’t slow down to explain things to a non-‘Breaking Bad’ audience. I thought early on in the writing of the script, ‘Maybe there’s a way to have my cake and eat it too. Maybe there’s a way to explain things to the audience.’ If there was a way to do that, it eluded me.”
But in the end, he hopes the movie satisfies.
“I’m hoping when the movie comes out, people won’t say, ‘Oh, man, this guy should’ve left well enough alone,’ ” Gilligan says in his first interview about the film. “Why did George Foreman keep coming out of retirement, you know?”
Here are the bets available on BetOnline:
Gray Matter to be Said?
- No -500
- Yes +300
Jesse Pinkman to Die?
- No -160
- Yes +120
Pollos Hermanos Shown?
- Yes -200
- No +150
Saul Goodman to Appear?
- Yes -500
- No +300
Our Pick: Yes
Walter White to Appear?
- Yes -2000
- No +1000
Our Pick: Yes
Jesse Pinkman Method of Death?
- Does Not Die -175
- Gun Shot +300
- Knife/Axe +700
- Blunt Force +800
- Poison +900
- Car Accident +1000
- Drug Overdose +1000
- Strangulation +1000
- Pushed off Building or Bridge +1200
- Suicide +1200
- Buried Alive +3300
- Burnt Alive +3300
- Cross Bow +3300
- Drowning +3300
- Electrocution +3300
Our Pick: Does Not Die