‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff ‘Better Call Saul’ Is a Go

'Breaking Bad' Spinoff 'Better Call Saul' Is a Go

Show about Saul Goodman will be a prequel, which opens up lots of possibilities

The “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul” is a go: AMC and Sony, the producers of “Breaking Bad,” on Wednesday said it would be a prequel starring Bob Odenkirk as New Mexico's sleaziest lawyer.

The fact that the show will be a prequel opens up a lot of possibilities: It could leave room, for example, to tell us how Saul Goodman first met Gustavo Fring. Giancarlo Esposito, who played Fring on the show, has told TheWrap he would be open to the idea of dropping in on a prequel. (He now stars on NBC's “Revolution.”)

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“Better Call Saul” is the working title, but come on: How can they do better? The series will revolve around Saul's shady dealings before Walter White ever put a dollar in his pocket.

“AMC and Sony Pictures Television confirmed today that they have reached a licensing agreement for a spinoff of Vince Gilligan‘s landmark AMC/SPT series ‘Breaking Bad,'” they said in a statement. “As conceived, the new series is based on the show's popular Saul Goodman character with the working title ‘Better Call Saul.’ Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White's lawyer.”

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“Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan has said in the past that he plans to be involved in the spinoff at first, and then hand off to “Breaking Bad” writer Peter Gould, who created the character Saul, inhabited by Odenkirk, co-creator of HBO's groundbreaking “Mr. Show.”

Gilligan previously told TheWrap he and Gould weren't sure if the prequel would be a half-hour comedy with dramatic elements or an hourlong drama with comedic ones. Apparently they've landed on the latter.

Making the show a prequel also serves another purpose: It doesn't reveal whether Goodman survives “Breaking Bad.”

The news comes as thrilling news to “Breaking Bad” fans as the show begins its final three episodes: They won't have to leave Albuquerque after all.

Of course, Saul's story may not begin in New Mexico. Odenkirk said in a Television Critics Association panel over the summer that he believes Saul is from Illinois, just as he is.

  • Jim

    Hire the cast members from “The Killing.”

  • Luis

    The show has a lot of potential. Hopefully we'll get to see characters like Tuco, Don Salamanca, Don Eladio, Gus and others again.

    • tim.molloy

      I just want to know what happened in Chile…

  • Jesse

    Saul is one of the best things about BB…it's as if they plucked a genuine, real-life sleazoid lawyer off the streets and flung him onto the set :-)

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      Of course it it's prequel, Saul is the person Mr White poisoned after retrieving the ricin :)

  • rednip

    Of course it it's prequel, Saul is the person Mr White poisoned after retrieving the ricin :)

    • bella bijou

      Please say it ain't true!!!!

    • Michael

      He poisoned lydia with that not saul

  • BB

    Trip to Belize

  • Jimbo Jones

    Saul didn't meet Gus. He “knew a guy who knew a guy”, but didn't actually know who it was he was sending Walt and Jesse to meet.

  • better call saul

    Saul, Mike and Gus – that would be something. Best characters besides Walt

  • Greg

    Can't wait to see this! Saul is my favorite character next to Walt. I can totally see this working -good call AMC and Sony.

  • bella bijou

    I love Saul. He is adorable.

  • Donna

    Better call Saul, B*&^%