‘Breaking Bad’ Saul Spinoff Moving “Full Speed Ahead,” Says Vince Gilligan
For as much hype as 'Breaking Bad' will build for the final eight episodes premiering on August 11, it's looking more and more and more like Walter White's story won't be the last we see of the 'Breaking Bad' universe. Series creator Vince Gilligan's proposed spinoff with character Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) is reportedly moving "full speed ahead" at AMC, whether we want it to, or not.
The latest reports comes from Gilligan himself, courtesy of The Wrap, who says "It's not a done deal yet, but it's definitely something we're full speed ahead on trying to get going." Gilligan reiterated that the proposed spinoff vehicle being developed between he and executive producer/character creator Peter Gould remains his only current post-'Breaking Bad' project, one they've actively continued to plot out.
As for what form a Saul-centric spin-off would take, Gilligan explained that they had yet to decide exactly where on the scale between tragedy and comedy the character's solo adventures would land, or if it would be best suited for an hour or half-hour format.
There's a way to do both versions of the show. There's a way to make it a half-hour show and make it a little more – I don’t want to say sitcom-y, but a little more traditionally half-hour comedic. Or there's a way to do it where it fits more snuggly in with the "Breaking Bad" universe, in which it's an hour-long show.
As you can imagine with Saul Goodman as a character, a show like that would have to have plenty of humor to it. But also because he works for some pretty scary clientele sometimes, there'd be a bit of drama in it as well. We're trying to nail that down. As of yet, we haven't completely figured that out ourselves.
Naturally unwilling to spoil the final episodes of 'Breaking Bad' itself, Gilligan wouldn't expressly confirm that Saul survives the end of the series, which would determine if the spinoff ended up a prequel or sequel to 'Breaking Bad.' A prequel series would potentially allow for the return of Giancarlo Esposito's Gus, something Gilligan claims he would 'jump at the opportunity" for.
We'll no doubt hear an update on future 'Breaking Bad' stories and spinoffs from the AMC drama's final panel at Comic-Con 2013, but what say you? Are you still on board for the idea of a 'Better Call Saul' spinoff to one of TV's greatest dramas?