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Breaking Bad AMC and Netflix TV Movie Set, Aaron Paul to Return as Jesse

Joseph Baxter

Feb 13, 2019

Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman is officially set to return for a Breaking Bad sequel AMC/Netflix TV movie.

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on AMC's Breaking Bad Season 5

“Yeah, bitch!” is clearly the appropriate celebratory interjection of choice for the just-arrived news about a Breaking Bad TV movie, since the exploits of everyone’s favorite ne’er-do-well-turned elite meth cook, Jesse Pinkman, is set, with Aaron Paul reportedly reprising the now-iconic small screen role in a TV movie!

News from November that Breaking Bad follow-up movie project of some kind was in development – possibly centered on Paul’s three-time supporting Emmy-winning role as co-protagonist Jesse – stimulated what has long been the stuff of rumors ever since the original series – since spun-off with the currently-running prequel, Better Call Saul – rounded its killer climax back in September 2013. Now, a report from THR claims that it’s finally happening with Paul onboard.

Interestingly, while the Breaking Bad sequel movie is set to make the airwaves on the show’s original cable outlet, AMC, it will do so only after it premieres on Netflix! This may be a rather surprising development, but it’s apropos, nevertheless, seeing as the show – while a huge Emmy-dominating hit for AMC – continues to thrive in its afterlife as a binge attraction on the streaming giant.

Just as the November report suggested, Breaking Bad franchise mastermind Vince Gilligan is onboard to write and executive-produce the movie project, joined by repertory collaborators Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. Gilligan is also reportedly rumored to serve as director, though this idea has yet to be confirmed.

As far as the plot goes, a Deadline report points to a project listed last fall with the New Mexico Film Office, called Greenbriar, a title that just screams secret code name. Moreover, a logline published in The Albuquerque Journal describes a project that “follows the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.” This, of course, lines up with how we last saw Jesse in the Breaking Bad series finale, “Felina.” Freshly liberated from a meth-cooking enslavement in a conciliatory gesture by his cancer-stricken (later-mortally-wounded) former partner, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), we saw Jesse – beaten and traumatized by an immense array of personal tragedies – drive off into the night, laughing maniacally, leaving viewers to speculate about his fate (and mindset). Apparently, our days of speculating are numbered.

While no production or release dates were revealed for the Breaking Bad TV movie sequel, the NMFO listing – should it prove accurate – points to a mid-November production kick off. Of course, we will keep you updated on the developments!

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.