Netflix has announced that they will screen “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” in a limited number of cinemas across the country starting on October 11th and playing through October 13th. That means it will hit big screens around the same time it hits the streaming service at Midnight US-PT starting Friday October 11th.
Set in the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future in the film which was shot in secret, though it was known to have been filming by people on the ground in New Mexico.
Even so, everyone involved essentially kept quiet until a short teaser arrived late last month announced the film’s launch. At least ten characters from the series will return in “El Camino” with only three confirmed thus far – Jesse, Skinny Pete and Badger. Saul Goodman is highly likely to appear as well.
THR spoke with show creator Vince Gilligan who pens and directs the film and he says don’t bother with the film if you haven’t seen the series:
“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. Part of what excited me about doing this was it was a movie, a closed-ended story of about two hours.”
The article also confirms that most of the near two-month shoot of the film took place in the same Albuquerque locations where the show was set – suggesting Jesse may be drawn back to New Mexico for a good portion of the feature. Tickets for the film screenings are now available on the official site.