Steven Soderbergh Wants ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale In Cinemas

Steven Soderbergh has voiced a brilliant idea for the finale of Breaking Bad.

Instead of having the show end with a traditional TV broadcast, the Side Effects director told Empire that he’d like to see the last two episodes as a movie.

 “I thought it would be really cool to have the final two episodes of the show as a movie that aired the Friday after the penultimate episode. You’d sell that during the season – ‘See the season finale in theatres!’ – and just run it for a week, but I feel like you’d clean up. It’s never been done before.”

Keep in mind this is all coming from Soderbergh, not from AMC – it hasn’t been officially pitched to the show’s creators.

The flash forward at the beginning of Breaking Bad’s fifth season made one thing pretty clear: the ending is going to be epic (series creator Vince Gilligan described it as ‘victorious’). What better way to farewell Walter White (Bryan Cranston) than on the silver screen in theatres packed with fans?

With television networks clamoring for ways to combat illegal downloading, Soderbergh’s idea actually makes sense. It could give television the kind of communal viewing experience that’s traditionally reserved for films. Whether the strategy will be embraced – by Breaking Bad or other shows – remains to be seen.

Breaking Bad returns to air on August 11.

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  • Reply June 18, 2013


    It would only work if it were also simultaneously broadcast on television. It would be a huge betrayal to force loyal fans of the show to get a babysitter and spend $15 a head to watch the finale.

    If fans had the option to watch the finale in a theater with other loyal fans, that could be a lot of fun. But to force them? No.

    • Reply June 26, 2013

      Bill Scheggia

      Maybe a simulataneous tv/net/cinema release would be the best way to do it. The concept of seeing the finale in theatres is certainly novel enough to draw audiences, but it’s weakness is that it’s appealing to a niche audience of fans. The cinemagoers who aren’t up to speed with Breaking Bad won’t pay to see it, so there’s a limit to the success of a cinema run. Still, it was a nice idea.

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