Everything We Know About El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Aaron Paul in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019).
Aaron Paul in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019). / Ben Rothstein/Netflix

El Camino picks up right where "Felina," Breaking Bad's critically acclaimed series finale, left off. The film, which will debut on Netflix and play in limited theaters, will follow Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in the immediate aftermath of his escape following Walter White’s meth massacre, and feature several flashbacks to his time spent in captivity.

Written and directed by: Vince Gilligan

Starring: Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons, Charles Baker, Matt Jones, Robert Forster, Jonathan Banks, Bryan Cranston, Krysten Ritter

  • Rumors of a Breaking Bad movie began circulating in 2013, right around the time the original series wrapped up.
  • Vince Gilligan originally approached Aaron Paul about the idea for El Camino in late 2017. Paul was in New York when he got a call from Gilligan, who told the actor that he had “an idea about the next chapter of Jesse Pinkman’s journey. What are your thoughts on that?”
  • Gilligan’s original idea for El Camino was to have it run as a very short follow-up episode to the series. “When the 10th anniversary of the show came along last year, I started to think, ‘Maybe we get a little money from Sony and we do a mini-episode. We’ll call it ’63,’ like the 63rd episode. And it’s maybe 15 or 20 minutes long,’” Gilligan said. It didn’t take long for that short episode to become an hour-long episode … then a two-hour episode.
  • El Camino’s original title was ’63, a reference to it being the 63rd episode of Breaking Bad. It was producer Thomas Schnauz who suggested that Gilligan reconsider that title and find a way to make sure the movie stood on its own as separate from the series.
  • The bulk of filming occurred in and around Albuquerque in November 2018, though they managed to keep it largely under the radar. The film shot under the working title Greenbrier so as to not raise suspicions.

Netflix will release El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on October 11, 2019.