‘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. I love the character and would love to see a spinnoff but I don’t think a prequel is the way to go. We would allready know that he’s not going to die or go to jail or get dissbarred. If he gets in trouble there will be no drama wondering if he’ll get out of it.

    • on the contrary i think a prequel would be really good remember when walt and jesse take saul into the desert and saul thinks their somebody else, i forget what he says to them exactly but it would be interesting to see who he thought was trying to kill him i also don’t think it will be anything near as dramatic as BB more of a burn notice(yeah i know bad example but..)

      • He thought they were, ” The Diaz brothers” and I immediately thought how cool it would be to see the UFC’s real-life Diaz brothers, Nick and Nate Diaz, in a spinoff. Then I remembered how camera shy they are in real life, and how stupid my wishful thinking was… ahh, if only.

  2. As a huge fan of Breaking Bad and what Gilligan has done with the show I should be excited to see a Saul spinoff, I should,but if I am being 100% honest the more I think about it I’m not.
    Let’s not get crazy here, if it happens I’d watch but IMO when the story of Walter White ends so should everything else. Even a ‘prequel’ series would be risky because if there’s a chance that anything that happens on the new show effects how we look at BB it would be a bummer. Over the past 6 seasons (I’m still not buying that extra long season in 2 parts BS) Gilligan and the writers have created what I believe is the greatest drama series in history that has had a beginning-middle-end that shouldn’t be messed with.
    Yeah, at this point I’m guessing the end will be great but my guess is based on what’s come before.

    • If you’re not buying “that extra long season in 2 parts BS” why did you say “over the past 6 seasons”. That two parter is only one season and the show only has 5.

      • He made perfect sense to me!

        He sees it as 6 seasons, not 5, therefore not buying the fact that they say season 5 is in 2 parts split over 2 years, which would usually constitute 2 separate seasons.

  3. I love Saul but to me he is a perfect supporting character. I don’t see him doing well leading a show.

  4. No, just no. Don’t try to milk it, Giligan. Move along, do something creative and original instead.

    Besides, he is only a supporting character. He couldn’T maintaine his own show for sure.

    • “Besides, he is only a supporting character. He couldn’T maintaine his own show for sure.”

      Yeah, like Frasier. Or George Jefferson. Or Maude…

      • But all those shows suck.

  5. The best news about this show ending…he is the most likeable of all the characters considering that the two main characters are the most destructive characters on television. I hope this show is successful, his air time on the show is always something to watch…

  6. I’d love for this to happen, but if Saul dies, I will cry anyway.

  7. This is crazy but I’m interested, lol.

  8. Nooope. Breaking Bad is an amazing and epic story. It ends with Walt.

  9. I predict that the catch phrase “Better Call Saul” will become a phrase that catches on like wildfire. it will be as popular as “show me the money” or “where’s the beef.”

    • and you will be wrong.

  10. I would rathet he continued doing breaking bad lol but a spin off would be cool idk if.a prequel would work but it woulda been awesome to had done a spin off on gus he was such a good character

  11. Make this Happen, need me more Bad!

  12. I think it’s a great idea Saul is great in the show, and nobody know what is going to happen at the end of breaking bad. Maybe the show can start before Walt whites story began and end after a time set after Walts story ends. We could see Sauls side though his eyes on the events in breaking bad. There’s no milking the cow here just somebody else in the breaking bad world that had a story to. So I say on with the show give us breaking bad fans more.

  13. I’d watch it, but honestly I’d rather see Vince create something entirely new. I want a new Breaking Bad caliber show to watch now that BrBa & Dexter will be ending this year.

    • Yes two amazing shows are ending this year !!!!

  14. Id rather see a sequel it would be interesting to see what happens after breaking bad ends

  15. Saul decides to get away from New Mexico and the meth trade (and all the dangerous crazies it seems to attract) so he moves out to California for a fresh start. He finds this nice little town called Charming and opens up shop. The rest, as they say, is history.

    • Oh yeah because fx and amc
      are just going to merge their universes….that really makes sense, dumbass

      • No need to call anyone insults. Don’t drag the name Kevin through dirt, there are too many s***** Kevins diluting the name as it is!

  16. if they go with the half hour slot i can almost see them going a slightly grittier “Weeds” route..which could woork.. but i hope its an hour format.. alot more to flesh out that way

    but honestly seeing a show with Saul as a sort of satellite character to the arizona underworld &all its different flavours and how he first met the man himself &THE most epic thing about this whole series.. Mr Frings?

    why are we even talking about this? mke it happen

  17. As much as I love Saul, I would rather see Hank get a spin off.

  18. Breaking bad is the one of the best series ever and I dont want it to end any time soon so I think a spin off is a great idea only prob is I dont like prequals and bb is pretty funny as it is.

  19. 8 episodes a year for Breaking Bad is not enough! WE WANT MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. id love to see a spin off of mikes life, and a prequel at that before he met walt, how he got his crew together how he knew saul etc etc

  21. I think a great prequel could be done with Saul using the same kind of character arc and evolution as with Walt. If they could show Saul’s relatively benign and green start as an ambulance chaser move into darker areas, more and more compromises, etc. it vey well could be constructed as a drama, with his eccentricity increasing as pressures demand a more sly character to develop. So the humor will develop from something kinda slimy into something darker and more like a survival skill.

    • Go write for Hollywood, Darren. You’ll do well at it.

  22. A sequel with Gus think about chili there’s no info on that area but I think this is revealed this season

  23. As long as Mike comes back on that show, Im all for it!

  24. If they were to do a prequel with anyone, shouldn’t it be Gus? He had an entire empire before, coming outta Chile could be a whole season, recruiting Mike, and Saul, confontations with the Cartel. I mean I feel like there is a whole lot more angles with Gus and not having to make up an entire back story.

    • A prequel with Gus wouldn’t be nearly as good as with Saul. We already know most of Gus’s story, about how he and his brother opened the chicken restaurant and got involved with meth, so there wouldn’t be much room for story telling and there wouldn’t be a lot of room for other characters. With Saul we have no idea what he did before BrBd and there would be a blank check for writing huge story lines about different clients from diverse backgrounds doing any number of different crimes, in addition to his own development and experiences.

  25. This kinda reminds me of GTA but For Television. I say a spinn Off would be awesome and ciuld possibly create other spinn offs like GTA

  26. Have you ever seen a cat jump up on to a tall shelf holding expensive and valuable china? The china falls below crashing into a thousand pieces against the hardwood floor. The cat looks casually down at the destruction for just a second as if nothing happened. Walter is the cat. Skyler, Maria, Walt jr, and Hank are the dishes. Walter doesn’t die. he just goes off looking for a higher place to perch. We will hate him for it and that’s the whole point.

    Saul will get his own series. A screen writer’s dream. Everyone with any life experience knows there is a basis for “lawyers jokes.” It is too rich of material to be left alone. The name of the new series will be called “Better Call Saul” and Bob Odenkirk will become a household name.

  27. There should be a prequel to jesses life and how his parents kicked him out and how he got involved in meth and his first time trying it and have it end with the first episode of breaking bad so it shows how jesse got to where he got

  28. Id rather see more about mike. It would be cool to see the story of gus building his empire as well.

  29. I love Saul Goodman and would definitely tune in for that. But the more from awesome writers/creators we get, the better. Gilligan should team up again with Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, make more X-Files. They already are writing X-Files season ten in comic-book form, they should make TV episodes too. All the actors are still around, I think.