After months of rumors, mindless speculation, and several instances of serious misdirection, Breaking Bad fans finally received the news they were waiting for: Vince Gilligan is returning to tell one more (???) tale with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Written and directed by Gilligan and set to premiere on Netflix on October 11 (and in select movie theaters, with AMC airing the film at a later date), the film focuses on what happened to Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) after the credits rolled on "Felina" and asks an important question: will Jesse be a victim of the past, or can he carve out a new future for himself?
With less than a day to go before we find out if this is the next chapter or the last chapter in Jesse's life, Paul, Breaking Bad creator Gilligan, and more are taking fans behind the scenes of the television series' sequel film.
Our two biggest takeaways? The team didn't seem to need a lot of time to get back into the Breaking Bad vibe – and we're still keeping our guess over whose voice that is at the end in a dated and sealed envelope until 5 a.m. ET on Friday…
Last month, Netflix offered fans a look at another familar face returning to continue Jesse's story: Old Joe (Larry Hankin). For those who need a refresher, Joe was a huge help in destroying Jesse and Walter's (Bryan Cranston) RV in Season 3's "Sunset." Later on, he would help Walt, Jesse, and Mike (Jonathan Banks) devise the magnet caper in Season 5's "Live Free or Die."
In the teaser below, we don't actually see who it is Old Joe's speaking with… but Joe definitely knows who the person is on the other end of the line (and make sure to have the captions on to catch the news in the background):
Here's a look back at the series' sequel film's official trailer, with Jesse reuniting with some familiar faces and places. But is he looking for a fresh start – or to pay for past sins?
The Netflix Television Event EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul). In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.
This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad. The movie is produced by Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Charles Newirth, Diane Mercer and Aaron Paul, in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Gilligan and Paul sat down recently with The Hollywood Reporter to talk all things El Camino.
Here are some of our takeaways – make sure to check out the entire article here:
● Gilligan is featuring more than 10 characters from the Breaking Bad universe that viewers will know – with Skinny Pete (Charles Baker), Badger (Matt L. Jones), and now Jonathan Banks' Mike Ehrmantraut (confirmed by Banks) the three that we know of – so far.
● The seeds of El Camino began even before Breaking Bad ended its run, beginning with the basic question that would serve as the foundation for the project:
"I didn't really tell anybody about it, because I wasn't sure I would ever do anything with it. But I started thinking to myself, 'What happened to Jesse?' You see him driving away. And to my mind, he went off to a happy ending. But as the years progressed, I thought, 'What did that ending — let's just call it an ending, neither happy, nor sad — what did it look like?'"
● If you're new to Breaking Bad, then you better start binging now to be ready for when the movie drops on October 11. Gilligan wants to make it clear that the film if for the fans who've been along for the ride – there won't be a lot of "teachable moments" to explain the action:
"If, after 12 years, you haven't watched Breaking Bad, you're probably not going to start now. 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."
● Having a bigger budget to work with meant Gilligan and Better Caul Saul DP Marshall Adam got to film on an ARRI Alexa 65, the same camera used for The Revenant – and in a 2.39 wide-screen format. While most of the film's 50-day shoot was spent as some very familiar Albuquerque stomping grounds, the crew was also able to take advantage of some out-of-state locations.
● Paul appreciated what the role of Jesse Pinkman and the series overall did for him personally and profesionally – and he also appreciated being able to finally say goodbye to such a heavy character. So why did he decide to come back – especially after feeling satisfied with the way the series wrapped? Simple: "In Vince He Trusts"…
"I'm like everybody else on the planet — I think Vince and the rest of the writers really nailed the landing with the ending of Breaking Bad, and why mess with that? But it's Vince we're talking about. I would follow Vince into a fire. That's how much I trust the man. I would do anything that he asked me to."
● So did it take long for Paul to get back into the zone? Let's just say it sounds like it took longer for you to read this sentence…
"It was so easy for me to just jump into where Jesse's at mentally, emotionally, because I lived and breathed everything he went through and then some, and so, honestly, it felt like a part of me had gone through that as well. All I had to do was just memorize these words and then play them out when they yelled 'action.'"
● Gilligan offered a surprising clue about his professional future: he plans to develop another series after Better Call Saul – just don't ask him what it's about:
"Personally, I'd love to figure out something different, which at this point would be, God, not another antihero. Is there something else I can do? Is there another story I can tell? But I've got to tell you, it's harder to write a really engaging good guy than it is a really engaging bad guy."