It wasn’t too long ago when Netflix dropped the date announcement video for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie from creator Vince Gilligan. The film isn’t due to premiere on Netflix until later this October, followed by it showing on AMC — where the original series aired — in 2020.
But before any of us can get into that, Gilligan is talking about the upcoming film, why he is making it, and the advice he has for those who want to jump into El Camino without having watched Breaking Bad in its entirety. Check out what he had to say below.
Speaking exclusively The Hollywood Reporter, Gilligan said he wants to make the reveal to the world at the last possible second. “I don’t want to open my Christmas presents a week and a half before Christmas,” he said. This included keeping everything a secret and production as closed off as possible by “obscuring locations with trucks and screens and relying on a private jet to shuttle a key cast member in and out of Albuquerque without notice.”
Filmed over the course of 18 months, El Camino centers on Jesse (Aaron Paul) “after he drives out of that compound covered in physical and psychological scars.” Gilligan also confirmed that the movie will include over 10 characters from the show, and that two of the characters returning are Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) and Badger (Matt L. Jones).
But Gilligan wasn’t even sure if he wanted to make the film at first, considering that the show’s ending was left to the viewer’s interpretation. However, he wanted something a bit more concrete:
“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?'”
Gilligan also offered advice to those who want to watch El Camino without having watched Breaking Bad first:
“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.”
You can read the full interview over at THR.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie premieres on Netflix on October 11th.