Breaking Bad “Saul Goodman” Spinoff Heads To AMC

September 11, 2013

Don’t worry everybody because BREAKING BAD will live on… in a way. After lengthy negotiations, AMC and Breaking Bad producer Sony Pictures TV have reached a licensing agreement for a spinoff from Vince Gilligan’s acclaimed drama series.

The spinoff series, titled BETTER CALL SAUL, has been discussed for months. It centers on one of Breaking Bad‘s most recognizable supporting characters, Bob Odenkirk’s criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. Conceived by Breaking Bad creator Gilligan and series writer-producer Peter Gould, who created the Saul character together for a Season 2 episode, the spinoff will be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the Goodman character before he ever encounters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.

The title of the spinoff comes from the original Saul Goodman episode of Breaking Bad, titled “Better Call Saul”, in which Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) hire the flamboyant Goodman after Badger (Matt L. Jones) is caught by the DEA. While hourlong, the spinoff is expected to be far less dark than the original series, with more comedy infused into it.

Gilligan has been high on the idea for over a year. “I would love to see a Saul Goodman spinoff,” he said in a July 2012 interview. “I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law. He’ll settle on the courthouse steps, whatever it takes to stay out of the courtroom. That would be fun — I would like that.”

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