The Breaking Bad Movie Will Premiere on Netflix
Though very few details have been released about the film, which is reportedly getting ready to wrap up production in Albuquerque, all signs point to it following Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman in the wake of his escape from Uncle Jack (Michael Bowen) and his murder-happy gang of neo-Nazis, which we witnessed in “Felina,” the series’ acclaimed 2013 finale. But now we might know at least one more thing about the film: it will make its debut on Netflix, then air on AMC.
According to Deadline:
“No one would comment, but word is that the two networks might have their roles reversed, with Netflix taking first window and AMC second. The Breaking Bad series aired originally on AMC, with seasons subsequently made available for streaming on Netflix.”
A collaboration between Netflix and AMC would make sense, as the streaming network owns the rights to the series (which remains a popular binge-watch). But also because Breaking Bad creator has credited Netflix with being a key reason for the show’s ultimate ratings success. While accepting the show’s first Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2013 (it won again the following year), Gilligan took a moment to acknowledge the integral role Netflix played in helping Breaking Bad find its audience.
“I think Netflix kept us on the air,” Gilligan said. “Not only are we standing up here, I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season 2 … It’s a new era in television, and we’ve been very fortunate to reap the benefits.”
Whether the film will air in one big chunk or in episodes is also unknown (it could change when it makes the leap from Netflix to AMC). But the fact that it’s happening is enough for right now.