While Vince Gilligan and AMC continue to stay silent on reports that the creator of Breaking Bad is returning to the world of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) through a reported sequel film to the award-winning series, Aaron Paul wants it known he's open to revisiting the role of Jesse Pinkman.
Speaking at the Sun Valley Film Festival this weekend, Paul would not confirm nor deny production on the project (expected to be a joint venture between Netflix and AMC), but did address the issue of returning for a Breaking Bad project in broader terms at a Variety-sponsored event:
"Rumors are funny — I once heard a rumor that I was being cast as Han Solo. I haven't heard anything about the 'Breaking Bad' movie but if there is one and it comes together I'd love to be a part of it."
To punctuate the point further and to clear up any confusion anyone might still have about his position, Paul reiterated: "If it were to happen, yes, I would love to do it." As for the "why," it's pretty simple: "In case you haven't caught up on the TV series, Walter dies, so….it has to star Jesse."
Reports circulated that the show's creator was currently working on a two-hour movie based on the critically-acclaimed AMC series in November 2018. Gilligan is expected to write, executive produce, and possibly direct the film, with Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein expected to be involved with the film.
While details on the project are understandably minimal at this point, it's been rumored that the project has been circulating under the fake/working title Greenbrier. Aside from that, it's still not known if the film will officially be a sequel or prequel; or if Cranston will be involved.
Though Cranston has already gone on record (on The Dan Patrick Show) to say he's open to a return, too:
"I would, I would. Absolutely. If Vince Gilligan asked me to do, sure, absolutely. He's a genius. It's a great story and there's a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some kind of completion to some of these storylines that were left open and this idea, from what I'm told, gets into at least a couple of the characters who were not completed as far as their journey."
Greenbrier is described as "following the esacpe of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom" – which falls directly in line with Jesse's escape from Albuquerque after the violently fatal events of Breaking Bad series finale 'Felina.' Production was expected to begin in late 2018 in New Mexico, with The Albuquerque Journal first reporting on the project through documents filed through the New Mexico Film Office. For their part, the office would only confirm that a project with the title Greenbrier is slated to shoot in that area during the time period listed.
"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."
– Nick Maniatis, Director, New Mexico State Film Office