– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Breaking Bad is pretty close to perfect. Its storytelling was unparalleled at the time, and it really helped to add a lot of credibility to a medium that had been in the shadow of its big-screen big brother for far too long. It also kickstarted the career of Aaron Paul, who played the dark and twisted Jesse Pinkman to wonderful effect. With that in mind, the filmmakers are taking a huge risk by following it up with a film.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will see the character of Jesse Pinkman following his escape from the Neo-Nazis at the end of Breaking Bad. But can this film possibly follow up the original with an equally-rewarding story?

“I couldn’t speak for a good 30, 60 seconds,” Paul told the NY Times about the moments after he finished reading the screenplay. “I was just lost in my thoughts. As the guy who played the guy, I was so happy that Vince wanted to take me on this journey.”

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Paul also went on to praise the film, saying:

“It’s a chapter of Breaking Bad that I didn’t realize that I wanted. And now that I have it, I’m so happy that it’s there.”

Of course, this was a movie that the press had almost no idea about until it was pretty much in the can. So how did Paul manage to keep such a high-profile project a secret? Well, it was simple.

“I just said I was doing this small little indie out in New Mexico and that was it. No one second-guessed it. I definitely had people asking, ‘Are you doing Better Call Saul?’ And I’d go, ‘Hey, man, I wish I was. But they’re on hiatus right now.’”

Well, they certainly kept a lot of us in the dark for a good while. Good for them, I say. Regardless, this is a story I am interested in hearing. I know when I first watched that ending when Jesse bursts out of the Neo-Nazi compound, tears in his eyes, and a crazed smile across his face, I remember thinking, “There’s no way this guy ever gets over this. Ever.” The fact that we get to see it has me thrilled.

But what about you? Are you as excited for this, or do you wish they stopped with the main series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.