Breaking Bad fan favorite, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), has been given the greenlight to front his own spinoff television show, Better Call Saul. Although a tentative title, the new series by AMC and Sony Pictures Television will bring us back before Walter White entered Mr. Goodman’s quiet life as the most colorful defense attorney of Albuquerque. Check out the full details after the jump.
Saul has always been the go-to guy for comedic relief. It’s been interesting to watch him in this final season as he has turned into a tragic figure cast in the shadow of Walter White (Bryan Cranston). Odenkirk’s background is actually that of comedy, having written episodes for Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Saturday Night Live circa 1987-1995, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. So you could wager to bet that this series could be less bleak than Breaking Bad. It will be interesting to see what kind of direction this prequel will take and how the writer’s will develop Saul’s story before he meets Walt.
The official statement from the AMC blog:
AMC and Sony Pictures Television confirmed today that they have reached a licensing agreement for a spinoff of Vince Gilligan’s landmark AMC/SPT series Breaking Bad. As conceived, the new series is based on the show’s popular Saul Goodman character with the working title Better Call Saul. Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer.
Variety also broke the news today that along with bringing Bob Odenkirk on board, writer/director/producer of Breaking Bad, Peter Gould, would be spearheading this project. As more details are announced, we will have to wait in anticipation to see which actors or crew members will be staying in the ABQ to work on the show. Since this is before Walt goes all Heisenberg that could mean we could see the return of Tuco, Crazy 8, Skinny Pete, Badger, Huell, and quite possibly even Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), and Los Pollos Hermanos! And who’s to say Jesse (Aaron Paul) and Walt can’t come back? Just because they won’t know Saul doesn’t mean they still don’t inhabit that world. Anything goes. It’s a whole new ball park when entering prequel territory.
There has been no official word on a premiere date, but we can hope once Breaking Bad takes its bow out of the spotlight that AMC will begin production on Saul.
There are only three episodes of Breaking Bad left. Catch the next episode this Sunday at 9/8pm CST on AMC.