This has been in the works for a while, but it looks like it’s finally a go. Not sure how I feel about it.
Breaking Bad‘s Saul Goodman will live on at AMC. After lengthy negotiations, the cable network 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, tentatively titled Better Call Saul, had been in the works for months. It centers on one of Breaking Bad‘s most recognizable supporting characters, Bob Odenkirk‘s unflappable 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 written by Gould, the spinoff will be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer, AMC said.
Apparently the only thing in between the series and an order from AMC is the finalization of deals with actor Bob Odenkirk, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and character creator Peter Gould.
Like I said above, I’m still not sure how I feel about this. When I first heard about it back in April I wrote:
See, the amoral character works really well as a supporting character because he doesn’t need to grow or evolve but as the central character he does. Since Saul is already a “criminal lawyer” the only choices are to make him evolve towards good or towards worse, and I’m not sure how that would play out. Then again, given that Walter White has been slowly moving towards bad it might be interesting to see the same writers do just the opposite with Saul.
Making the series a prequel solves a lot of that, they could start with him as a good guy and move him towards being the amoral guy we know and love as of the time he meets Walt and Jesse.
I’m dubious, but then again Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould aren’t going to do anything without a plan, so I’m also hopeful.
Which is exhausting.