I he can not talk about anyone else, but I'll spend the rest of the week sending out several anonymous postcards to Hollywood players. Writing on them will be the most serious warning I can imagine: Sex and the City 2.
Why will I start such an effort? Because, suddenly, several very sensible showcases have decided to make movies based on their shows. HBO is officially released with a long-standing Deadwood reputation. The departure of Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead immediately followed an announcement that Rick Grimes would star in his own Walking Dead movie. And now, the most worrying of all, producer and showrunner Vince Gilligan announced that he is currently working on a two-hour film "Under the existing Breaking Bad franchise". Neither Aaron Pavlos nor Bryan Cranston have registered – at this point – but the rumors that he will focus on "a kidnapped and the pursuit of freedom," indicate a possible return for Jesse Pinkman of Paul.
Now, some warnings. All of this can prove to be very good, very remarkable works of art. With all the Deadwood bills canceled very soon, so a movie could make for a satisfying full stop in a storied story. The Walking Dead is such a heavy part of the kind that, at least, Rick Grimes' New Adventures could prove to be an easy zombie movement. And God knows so far that we all need to know better than ever to doubt Vince Gilligan.
But still do not do it. Please do not do it. It never works when a movie is made by a TV show. Regardless of Sex and the City 2 – which was destroyed on its own by what was until then a wicked satire of a certain type of New Yorker – let's also remember Baywatch, Miami Vice, CHiPs, Dark Shadows, Flintstones, Bewitched movie, group A, the saint, lost in space, Charlie's angels: Full throttle and land of the lost. All of them, no doubt, were cynical attempts to break down our knowledge of an existing franchise. And all of them were legally depressing.
And these are all classic small screen TV programs that were made when there was a remarkable gap between movie and television. At that time, television was the poor cousin of the cinema. without a stroke, repeated mold emerging from a stupid box in the corner of the room to help sell detergent.
But that does not happen anymore. In the last 15 years, television has become a real writer. All the golden age you've ever been to blame – Sopranos, the wire, the western wing, 24 – came because the writers understood the weaknesses of the film as a vehicle for long-term narration. The series have been compared to novels for such a long time that observation has grown a bit but still has a core of truth.
Take Breaking Bad, for example. It's a great show because is a demonstration. It took us enough time to put us at a specific point at a specific time and we went in huge dimensions to understand why Walter White reacted to his diagnosis as he did. Remember how slow he moved? It took 50 episodes, which were broadcast for four and a half years, just to get us from the 50th birthday of White in his 51st. This deliberate pace let us stay on details that would never be considered if it was a movie. It leaves the story to wander under strange small avenues. Fly – the episode of bottles widely regarded as a series of labels – would have been cleared from the schedule altogether. The Breaking Bad was very rich and satisfying. The Breaking Bad The film could have been bleak and violent, but it would be entirely superficial.
Whoever is not going to make the movie down, of course. The film is her own specific thing and it would be stupid to say that all TV shows are better than all the movies. But why, since you have had the freedom to tell a whole story of many parts for many years, would you ever want to try to force all this into something as small as a movie?
Again, only an idiot could assume Vince Gilligan. He is one of the best writers we have and there is no chance that the Earth has committed to a Breaking Bad film unless the film was the best way to tell this particular story. I will gladly thank him for my ignorance. But, until then, I have a postcard to write.