'Breaking Bad' film coming, but will Walter White be in it?

In this file photo taken on August 26, 2014, actors Aaron Paul (L), Anna Gunn (C) and Bryan Cranston (R) pose in the press after winning the Outstanding Drama Series Award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Award, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Award and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Award for "Breaking Bad" during the 66th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. (AFP)
Updated 08 November 2018
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'Breaking Bad' film coming, but will Walter White be in it?

  • Several Hollywood media outlets said the tentative title of the project was "Greenbrier"

NEW YORK: Popular television drama "Breaking Bad" is coming back in movie format, the show's star Bryan Cranston said Wednesday, but it was not clear if his iconic character Walter White would return as well.
The series, which ran from 2008 until 2013, told the story of White, a high school science teacher who responds to a terminal cancer diagnosis by turning into a powerful drug lord.
It is one of the best-reviewed shows in TV history and earned a total of 16 Emmys, including four best actor prizes for Cranston, and two Golden Globes.
"There appears to be a movie version of 'Breaking Bad' but I honestly have not even read the script," Cranston, 62, said on The Dan Patrick Show, a national radio program.
"So there's question whether or not we would even see Walter White in this movie."
Spoiler alert: White died at the end of the series, which aired in the United States on cable network AMC.
But Cranston nevertheless said he would "absolutely" be interested in bringing White back should show creator Vince Gilligan ask him to do so.
"He's a genius," Cranston said. "I'm excited about it because it's 'Breaking Bad.' It was the greatest professional period of my life. And I can't wait to see those people even if I just come by to visit."
Cranston, an Oscar nominee for best actor in 2016 for his work on the Hollywood-set biopic "Trumbo," said he believed the film would offer fans some more closure for "at least a couple" of the characters.
Several Hollywood media outlets said the tentative title of the project was "Greenbrier."
The New Mexico Film Office confirmed that a film by the same name, produced by Sony, would start filming later this month, and wrap in February. The series was also filmed in the southwestern state.
The announcement came days after AMC said another of its wildly popular series, "The Walking Dead," would also have feature-length installments.
Production on a "Downton Abbey" film has already begun.


Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

Updated 20 March 2019
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Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

  • The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be
  • Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela

HELSINKI: Finland has topped an index of the happiest nations for the second consecutive year, with researchers saying the small Nordic country has succeeded in generating a happiness recipe not simply dependent on economic wealth.
The World Happiness Report, produced by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be. It’s based on factors including economic wealth, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices.
The index, published Wednesday, showed the other Nordic countries did well, with Denmark, Norway and Iceland taking the next spots.
The United States dropped from the 18th to 19th place.
Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela, currently in political crisis.