Vince Gilligan Tried to Make a 'GTA'-Like Game Based on 'Breaking Bad'

With Breaking Bad's spin-off series Better Call Saul coming to end, the franchise's creator Vince Gilligan has been reflecting on his time with the two projects, and he has now revealed that he actually wanted to make a Grand Theft Auto-styled video game based around Jesse Pinkman and Walter White. Appearing on a recent episode of Inside the Gilliverse, the writer and director said that at one point, he was in talks to adapt Breaking Bad into a game but the idea just never took off.

"I’m not much of a video game player, but how can you not know Grand Theft Auto?" Gilligan said on the podcast. "I remember saying to the guys—[who are] off running Apple now…who said yes originally to Breaking Bad — ‘Who owns Grand Theft Auto? Can’t you have a module, can’t there be a Breaking Bad [add-on]?’ Still makes sense to me!"

Ultimately, Gilligan settled for a more novel VR experience based on his drug dealing story, but he said the experience was much tougher than he imagined, and the game never quite succeeded either. "Making a video game is damned hard, from what little I learned through this process," he added. "It literally takes years and years and millions of dollars, especially when you are trying to break new ground with VR and whatnot. Never quite came to fruition. It’s a shame."

The finale of Better Call Saul will premiere August 15.

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