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"Breaking Bad" is back - but will Walter White?

Netflix's "Breaking Bad" movie will hit theaters in Milwaukee in October

"Breaking Bad" is making a comeback – a big deal worthy of the big screen for several cities, including Milwaukee's Oriental Theatre.

The Hollywood Reporter today published the first interview with "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan and star Aaron Paul about "El Camino," the quietly made movie follow-up to AMC's award-winning runaway hit TV show. The article notes that the film, produced by Netflix, will premiere on Oct. 11 not only on the streaming service but also in theaters in 68 U.S. cities. The piece itself does not elaborate which ones made the cut, but Rebecca Keegan, the article's author, posted the list to Twitter – which includes Milwaukee amongst the cities getting "El Camino." (Yes, Albuquerque made the list as well.)

The feature-length film will follow Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in the aftermath of the show's finale, fleeing from an Aryan Brotherhood compound in the movie's titular car. Details on the rest of "El Camino" are limited – the entire project's been done in relative secrecy, with the highly rumored film not even officially announced until just last month – but the Hollywood Reporter adds that more than 10 familiar characters from the show will pop up, including Skinny Pete and Badger. As for Bryan Cranston's Walter White? A secret – though last we checked, he wasn't doing so great.

The Oriental Theatre will run the film with four screenings spread across two nights: 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, as well as 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13. Tickets are now on sale at the Oriental Theatre's website.

No matter how "El Camino" turns out, merely getting on this list bodes well for Milwaukee big screens also landing some of Netflix's upcoming high-profile awards season releases – including Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" (select theaters on Nov. 1), the Eddie Murphy comeback vehicle "Dolemite is My Name" (select theaters on Oct. 4), the Scarlett Johansson/Adam Driver family dramedy "Marriage Story" (select theaters on Nov. 6) and more.

The odds of any of those Netflix release, however, coming to a Marcus or AMC theater are close to zero considering the large cinema chains hold themselves to three-month theatrical-exclusive windows. That would leave the Oriental and the Landmark Downer Theatre – which screened Netflix's "Roma" last year and whose parent company has a solid relationship with Netflix, or the Oriental Theatre, which has gotten special viewings of Netflix Originals like Martin Scorsese's Bob Dylan doc "Rolling Thunder Revue" and the Ted Bundy thriller "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" – as potential landing spots, alongside the Avalon, Rosebud and Times as possibilities considering their independent standing and often unconventional bookings.

But we'll know more as those draw closer; stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for updates on those special screenings.

In the meantime, "El Camino" is expected on Netflix and in theaters the weekend of Oct. 11, before airing on AMC – the show's original home – sometime early next year.


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