Interestingly, the sources said that Netflix would have first-run rights for the movie, but that it would still air on AMC later. The (very brief) synopsis for the flick revealed that it will follow "the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom", which seems like it pretty much has to be describing Jesse, who spent a significant amount of time during the final season kidnapped by a vicious gang before being liberated by Walter in the series finale.
AMC, Netflix, and producer Sony Pictures Television declined to comment. The Breaking Bad series aired originally on AMC, with seasons subsequently made available for streaming on Netflix.
For Netflix and AMC to share the Breaking Bad follow-up is fitting as the two outlets share the credit for the success of the original series. Even Gilligan himself acknowledged that when accepting the show's first Emmy for Best Drama.
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"I think Netflix kept us on the air", he said back then.
The as-yet-untitled Breaking Bad film will be written directed by Gilligan, who co-created the show's spin-off Better Call Saul (which has also received a viewership boost thanks to Netflix). "I don't think our show would have even lasted beyond season two [without it]". The prequel-ish show Better Call Saul has also received a ton of critical acclaim. "If Vince Gilligan asked me to do it, then sure, absolutely", Cranston said a year ago. The streamer also gave one of its original film productions, Roma, a rare extended theatrical run; the film is now a front-runner for this month's Best Picture award at the Academy Awards.
Star Bryan Cranston confirmed last month that there was definitely be a Breaking Bad movie in the works, but he didn't let anyone know if his Walter White could make a return.