Steven Soderbergh: ‘Breaking Bad Should Have Been A Movie’

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May 30, 2013 | 11:19am EST

Director Steven Soderbergh is convinced hit TV show Breaking Bad should have been turned into a movie because fans would have paid to see the finale on the big screen.
The Oscar-winning moviemaker is a big fan of the crime drama, which stars Bryan Cranston as a struggling high school chemistry teacher who turns to selling drugs to fund his cancer treatment, and he is convinced producers should have condensed the final two episodes and released it as a film in cinemas.
He explained his idea to, saying, “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… You make the rule that the only money we’re going to spend selling (the theatrical release) is on ads during the show. It’s (in cinemas for) one week, then you can download it.”
Soderbergh is adamant his idea would have worked because fans would have been keen to see the show in cinemas.
He adds, “For the fans to have a communal viewing experience that week, that’d be super-cool.”
The fifth and final season of Breaking Bad will conclude on TV in September.