If you're currently in the fetal position because you're stressing out about the impending departure of Breaking Bad, fear not! According to The Hollywood Reporter, after "several weeks of heated negotiations," AMC and Sony Picture Television have inked a deal to move forward with their Breaking Bad spinoff centered on Saul Goodman. Hooray!
So what exactly can we expect from the series, which will star Bob Odenkirk as the beloved attorney? "As conceived, the new series is based on the show's popular Saul Goodman character with the working title Better Call Saul," the studio and network say in a statement, adding: "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."
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Better call Saul!
Sometimes spinoff ideas just stay cool ideas, but with the finale of Breaking Bad imminent, creator Vince Gilligan and writer Peter Gould are scooching forward as far as they can on the highly anticipated spinoff about corrupt attorney Saul Goodman.
Saul, played by Bob Odenkirk and created by Peter, entered the series in Season 2, and rapidly became one of the series' most beloved and prominent characters.
Is the show happening? There's no guarantee, but Vince and Peter have fully committed to making it happen — and Vince says that Peter is ready to be the showrunner for the project if it's picked up!
"All my writers are wonderful writers. And they're all ready to run their own shows," says Vince in an interview with The Wrap, "In this particular case, since Peter created the character, it felt more than right to be working with him on this, and we are plugging away coming up with a pitch and a take on it for the network and studio and hopefully everyone will agree that there's a really fun show to be had here. And hopefully we'll get it up and running, and then Peter will run it. I'd love to see that happen."
"It's not a done deal yet, he clarifies, "but it's definitely something we're full speed ahead on trying to get going."
They're still nailing down some format details, like whether the show would be a traditional half-hour comedy, or an hour-long dark comedy or dramedy.
Vince is, however, quick to point out that this means nothing about the fate of Saul in the final eight episodes of the series.
"Those are the two big questions we ask ourselves – is it a half hour or an hour, is it a prequel or a sequel? But having said that, I have to be coy as to whether it even could be a sequel. Because you never know, when the dust settles at the end of our final eight episodes, where everybody's gonna be and who's gonna be left standing. I can't even say for sure that it could be a sequel. It may be, it may not."
Would you watch a Saul Goodman-centered series?
Source: The Wrap