Rian Johnson Directed An Upcoming Episode of BREAKING BAD

     March 5, 2010

rian_johnson_image.jpgMad Men has absolutely earned its myriad of Emmys, but for my money, it may not even be the best show on AMC.  The similarly alliterative Breaking Bad is an equally brilliant source of drama with a less radiant critical spotlight, notwithstanding the two Emmy wins for star Bryan Cranston.  The third season premieres March 21st, which can’t come soon enough.

Now /Film reports that Rian Johnson, director of Brick and The Brothers Bloom, has completed a directing gig on the tenth episode of the upcoming season.  Though it’s not a combination I would have ever dreamed of, I am wholeheartedly behind the union.  To direct the episode, Johnson theoretically took a break from Looper his supposed treatise on the advancements in hitman methodology in a future where time travel exists.  However, I’m skeptical that his filmography–which currently consists of the non-articles brick, brothers, bloom, breaking, and bad–can include a word that doesn’t start with a “B”.

After the jump, you will find a bit of what Johnson had to say about his work on the show.

Johnson was understandably as excited to get involved with Bad as his first foray into television.  He sounds as excited to helm the episode as I am to watch it:

“This was my first experience in television, and the first time I have directed anything that I haven’t written. I jumped at the opportunity, for one reason: Breaking Bad is, for my money, the best show on television.

I feel like the show is still a bit of a cool secret, but I think its underground status will be short-lived. I’ve read the scripts up to episode 10 (the one I directed) and as amazing as season 2 was, as a fan of the show myself I can safely say that season 3 is going to blow folks away. [Creator] Vince Gilligan would shoot me if I gave anything away, but I will say that it starts with a bang and ratchets all the existing elements way up. It was such an honor and a pleasure to be involved in it.”

Sounds like the third season is shaping up nicely.  Can’t wait to see it.

The relationship between Johnson and Dave Chen, author of the article, goes back a ways; the latter has lured the former to the /Filmcast several times over the last year.  His most recent appearance on the podcast in January is definitely worth a listen.

The third season of Breaking Bad premieres March 21 at 10/9c on AMC.