Fans of AMC’s critically-acclaimed drama Breaking Bad only have a few more episodes to look forward to before its highly-anticipated series finale, but they may still get a chance to enjoy the some of the characters and the world that Vince Gilligan created with a spinoff series based around Albuquerque’s favorite morally-bereft attorney, Saul Goodman.
We first heard about the proposed spin-off last year, but at the time, it was more of an idea Gilligan and the network were kicking around. However, two months ago, the project started to pick up steam, as Gilligan announced that the spin-off was moving “full speed ahead” as a possible prequel series to the Walter White saga. This week, the network finally confirmed it.
According to Coming Soon, AMC announced that it is moving forward with the spin-off, now tentatively titled Better Call Saul, which is the catchy slogan for Goodman’s shady law practice. Sony Television and AMC still need to iron out some of the details, but it appears (at least for now) that Gilligan will see his dream of a Goodman-centered show come to fruition, as will fans of the popular character.
While it hasn’t been confirmed, it is certainly assumed that comedian Bob Odenkirk will return to reprise his role as Goodman. In the past, Odenkirk has humbly shrugged off praise for his performance – often crediting the show’s talented writing staff – but there’s no doubt that his uniquely pronounced mannerisms, sleazy demeanor and signature line deliveries have helped craft one of Breaking Bad‘s (some would say TV’s) standout characters.
The plan is still to have the spin-off exist as a prequel to Breaking Bad (a show about Goodman after his involvement with Walter White would probably be more tragic than fun), centering on the evolution of Goodman and (presumably) the beginnings of his sketchy practice. Gilligan and Breaking Bad producer/writer Peter Gould are expected to co-run the spin-off, so at the very least, it appears to be in good hands.
With Gilligan and Gould involved, viewers can probably expect the spin-off to possess a similar feel to its predecessor, but with the show centered on Goodman, they should also look forward to a show with a much lighter tone. In past interviews, Gilligan has noted that he has envisioned a much more comedic show with some heavy dramatic moments, as well, considering the criminal clientele Goodman often deals with.
Obviously, there’s still a lot of work to be done and some important details still need to be ironed out, but the premise is undoubtedly intriguing, especially for passionate supporters of AMC’s drug drama. We’ll just have to wait and see if the execution turns this idea into compelling and entertaining TV.
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Breaking Bad continues its final season next Sunday with ‘Ozymandias’ @9pm on AMC. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more Better Call Saul news as it becomes available.
Source: Coming Soon