There are a lot of expectations for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. It’s following up one of the best-written, most successful TV shows of all-time — a series that is partially credited for ushering in the current Golden Age of TV. Needless, to say, when you have that sort of pedigree, one has to wonder if there’s any point in returning to the well to draw new water.
“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?” Breaking Bad and El Camino star Aaron Paul told THR in a recent extensive feature. “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.”
Along with those expectations of writing quality, you also have an expectation of callbacks to the show and returning characters. While we can’t speak to the former, the latter is a go, the outlet reports. According to them, the film will feature “more than 10 familiar characters” from the series, which I think is a perhaps more-than-generous number given the film’s two-hour runtime.
Furthermore, given that this is a movie, fans are also likely to expect a higher quality. After all, they’ll be able to concentrate a higher budget into a lower runtime, right? That is indeed the case with El Camino, which features a higher budget than anything Breaking Bad had to work with, including the $6 million an episode they had for that last season.
Hopefully, they’ll be able to make those dollars count on-screen. From what Gilligan told the outlet, they actually funneled some of that money into the number of days on-set. Rather than shooting six to eight pages a day, they were able to just do one and a half to three pages.
“This is my first movie as a director, and I have to say, it made me want some more of that,” said Gilligan, who, believe it or not, had only directed TV episodes up until now. “You truly have time to get things right. It feels very decadent.”
El Camino hits Netflix on October 11, 2019!
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