Breaking Bad withdrawal is no fun, but at least creator Vince Gilligan and AMC are making amends by moving forward with the Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, a primarily comedic show about everyone's favorite eccentric criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).
Just recently Gilligan confirmed that even though Better Call Saul will have a noticeably different tone, it'll keep in line with Breaking Bad by shooting in Albuquerque and bringing back as much of the crew as possible. However, while talking to Odenkirk about his upcoming release Nebraska, he insisted that even though Saul is part of the Breaking Bad realm, Better Call Saul will be a fresh experience.
"Here’s what I told Vince and Peter – Pete Gould is also writing that show –we're gonna make it fresh. It's not gonna be Breaking Bad 2.0 or whatever. It's a different show and it's gonna have a different energy and we're not gonna try to just extend Breaking Bad. That can't be done. That show is great, it's done, it's all wrapped up and delivered, and now we're gonna do something fresh and new with a character that is rich and funny, and everyone's excited about it. And we wanna make sure the audience sees right away that it’s not a continuation of Breaking Bad, but rather its own thing that hopefully is gonna be entertaining on its own terms."
As reported by THR, Better Call Saul will be a Breaking Bad prequel and that means all of your favorite characters, regardless of their fate, are still in play. Both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have expressed interest in returning while Gilligan highlighted, "I could definitely see a version of this where Mike Ehrmantraut (Joe McCormick) is an important part of this series."
Despite the abundance of show crossovers, Better Call Saul will mark a major opportunity for Odenkirk in terms of expanding the character. Saul will likely be the sleazy, criminally savvy lawyer we've come to know and love, but as the heart of an hour-long series, Saul is bound to reveal more layers. When asked about what he'd like to do with the character in this show that he couldn't do in Breaking Bad, Odenkirk noted:
"I said I wanna have a little more sympathy for this guy. I wanna understand maybe how he’s a human being and not just a hungry hippo trying to get all the money."
Gilligan and co. are aiming to have Better Call Saul ready to debut sometime between August and October, so Odenkirk should know whether or not he’ll get this wish soon enough.
Check back for Better Call Saul updates as the project comes together and keep an eye out for our full chat with Odenkirk on Nebraska coming soon.
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