‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Moving Forward With Saul Goodman Spin-Off, Could Be Prequel Series

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Saul Goodman Breaking Bad Creator Moving Forward With Saul Goodman Spin Off, Could Be Prequel Series

After a startling mid-season cliffhanger, the final eight episodes of AMC’s Breaking Bad are set to begin airing on August 11, which means that by the end of 2013, we’ll have to say goodbye to Walter White (one way or another). However, Vince Gilligan, the show’s creator, isn’t done with the world he’s invented, and for some time has teased the possibility of a spinoff series.

Gilligan’s previous comments on the show – which would be based around the morally-questionable attorney Saul Goodman (played by the frequently scene-stealing Bob Odenkirk) – seemed to add up to wishful thinking at the time, but in a recent interview, Gilligan confirmed that he is definitely moving “full speed ahead” with developing the project, which could end up being a prequel to Breaking Bad, rather than a sequel.

While Gilligan is enthusiastic about the potential of the show, no studio or network has signed off on it yet. Speaking with The WrapGilligan said he intends to pitch the idea to Sony along with Peter Gould, the writer who created Saul in Season 2 and who would apparently be running the spin-off. The only firm idea seems to be that the concept would center around Saul, with a number of ideas regarding the tone and format up in the air, including the notion of making it a half-hour show. According to Gilligan:

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.

Walter White and Saul Goodman Breaking Bad Creator Moving Forward With Saul Goodman Spin Off, Could Be Prequel Series

Gilligan is pretty coy about what he’d do with a sequel series, and has actually made no promises on whether or not Saul will actually survive the show. It would be pretty jarring to see a more comedic take on the grim, tragic universe, with or without Walter White, so the notion of making the show a prequel really opens up more options, including the possible return of Giancarlo Esposito as the menacing meth kingpin Gustavo Fring, an idea Gilligan seems to love:

Any chance I get to work with Giancarlo again, I would jump at the opportunity. He is a wonderful actor and such a sweet guy. … It’s kind of one of those “duh” moments where you think, ‘Of course he’s not Gus Fring, he’s an actor. He’s a very good actor.’ But I still get amazed even after doing this for so many years what a good actor can bring to a character, and how different a good actor can be in real life from the character they portray. Using Giancarlo as an example, this is a guy who is so sweet and kind and sort of tactile – as soon as he sees you he’ll bound across the room and give you a big hug. And he’s into yoga and he’s a very healthy guy. He wears his heart on his sleeve in the best possible way. And yet he can play a guy who’s as buttoned-down and cold and businesslike as Gus Fring.

So, prequel or sequel, half-hour or hour-long format, if Gilligan gets his way – and based on the critical and fan love of his now-iconic show, he probably will – we’ll get to see more of the Breaking Bad universe. It’s an idea which could be a mere novelty in lesser hands, but with the always-welcome Odenkirk at the center, as a lawyer who does his best to avoid the courtroom, this project might end up being a refreshing change of pace even as it revisits and expands on Breaking Bad‘s darker themes.

Tell us, ScreenRanters: do you want a spin-off at all? If so, prequel or sequel? Sound off in the comments below!


Breaking Bad returns for it’s final eight episodes on August 11, 2013 on AMC.

Source: The Wrap



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  1. yes, yes, yes! saul is definitely my fav character on the show! I would absolutely watch it! I hope they don’t go the straight comedy route…no more so than “breaking bad” anyway. I know that’s not a comedy, but there are plenty of definite comedic moments in there if you remember it is just a show, and don’t take it so seriously.

    • This was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time.I didn’t want to see it end.Hopefully Vince Gilligan gets his way to making a prequel instead of a sequel.It would be great to see a Breaking Bad spin off.I really liked the character of Saul Goodman and I think a prequel of him and Gus Fring would draw plenty of viewers.The more comedic way is not the way to go.I really enjoyed all the drama in Breaking Bad and still would like to see the same in the prequel and still would like to the funny side of Saul.He had a great sense of humor and could be serious when need to be.Prequel,not sequel.I can’t wait!!

  2. I think this is a good idea, and that it should be done. I would love this to be an extremely dramatic show, but as seen through the eyes of a comic-relief character, that would be really original and new. Horrible things would happen, but Saul would face them his own way. Yes, I’d totally love to see that happening.

  3. I am on season 2 of BB and was just introduced to the Saul character. So far I like him and look forward to seeing more of the character in the later seasons of the show as well as his own spin off.

  4. YES they should make it!!!!!! so sad to breaking bad go as i love the and will feel abit lost when it is gone to be honest i cant say wether i will like the new show or not it will be one of them cases where watch it and see if ime hooked on it or not like i was with BB!! hope it does go through though would be nice and could be intresting who knows if its a prequel we could maybe see more of heisenburg maybe he has a couple of old secrets theyl throw in the story

    hoping to see it on my screen sometime!!!

  5. Sorry to see the best show ever to be shown on tv be over with. Yes we need a spin off. Maybe we will see Walt on a episode if he lives. But it will be hard to top Breaking Bad. Glad to see Saul as the next chapter to the story. He will make for a good show with his shady ways. Can’t wait!!!!!

  6. This would be great, they can bring back most of the cast, like mike, Gus, the cartel, badger and his friend that Jessie stated Saul got him off twice and he was caught dead to right, plus introduce a whole slew of other characters. At when this show ends the last episode can end with the scene of Jessie and Walt in the car in Sauls parking lot. Ideas somewhere that it would not be as dark as breaking bad. That would be a mistake. It should be. It also should be funny, but bob has that role perfect.

  7. I think they should go back and show how gus built his empire up to the point that he is at on bb. Include all of the experiences that gus had before creating Los Pollos Hermandes.

    • That’d be amazing. I wonder if they’re talking about it at all..

  8. Yes!!! Whether it a sequel or prequel doesn’t matter. The writing, acting, and directing of Breaking Bad was the best there could ever be. If they stick with the format, as far as drama and comedy, then I am already hooked! Too bad about losing the characters we have already hated to love, but if Saul is involved, we will continue our love and fascination with him.

  9. There is ALWAYS humor in life, even when it is such a setting as some of the scenes in the series. The up-to-date drama of our times is equal to the writing of Steinbeck or Somerset Maulm (sp? sorry) wrote about just that thing, the human condition during horrific times. This series demonstrated the global problem of addiction. If the world would take a look at the World Drug Commission to learn the addiction is a Health topic instead of a criminal thing. Wake up world, and I am now addicted to Breaking Bad and anything they produce in the future. Drama is of course sad and happy. that is LIFE.

  10. Either way Vince does the show, it will be great and I am looking forward to it. It is really interesting to think who will be in the show. Francesca? Huell?

  11. Keep up the good work Vince Gilligan!!!

  12. If they make a spinoff it the show should end with him meeting Walt and Jesse which then would start off Breaking Bad

  13. Prequel! Breaking bad route all the way.

  14. I wouldn’t mind seeing a more of how Gus came about. I know Breaking Bad goes into it some but showing the in’s and out of his life would good two.

  15. On the surface, I’m very cautious about this idea. But if Vince Gilligan, who I consider to be a smart and insightful visionary, wants to move this forward, I’ll absolutely support it and give it a shot.

  16. Well for me i would rather want vince gilligan to make a prequel rather than a sequel, because for me the feeling of watching this series and walter white is not there anymore it’s like eating a fried chicken without a gravy. And hopefully he would make a prequel than a sequel

  17. I had been hoping for the past few years that they’d make a show starring Saul. So I couldn’t be more delighted if he does get his own show. Go big VG!

  18. It won’t be worth watching if Huell isn’t in it…

  19. I think that you should definitely do spin-off’s and more than one. Definitely keep it on the level of the actual show breaking bad… other wise it is too close to disappointment.Bring back Jesse in the sequel . There was plenty of room at the end of the breaking bad series enough to throw him into the mix of a follow up in a sequel. Could be really good… like he could be the new “cook” or something.. If ya’ll need some extras, well , I am in new mexico… hit me up! :)

  20. Of course they should make this show! Saul was one of my favorite characters and I jump at any chance to revisit that world. Please please please!

  21. Yess please the series was awesome I’ve watched every single episode in the air having something to do where Jesse gets a new partner and partners up with Saul. Something like that but definitely bring the breaking bad series back it was awesome.!!!!!! (:

  22. Yes, yes, please bring back breaking bad, love the show, it was one of the best show on the air. Please bring back all of the cast, especially gus, jesse, walter and saul.

  23. Yes, please do a spinoff with Saul! I love his character!! BB was the best show ever and I enjoyed every episode. I’m sad it’s over but I suppose it had to end sometime. Saul for President!! LOL!

  24. I was just telling someone the other day that since Breaking Bad ended the television shows shown are dull in comparison. “Better Call Saul” would be like inviting a long missed friend into our homes.