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‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel ‘Better Call Saul’ Will Be a ‘Very Funny’ Drama, AMC Exec Says

Spinoff will “stretch the boundaries of what it means to be a drama”

The upcoming sequel to “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul,” will be a drama — but there will still be plenty of laughs.

TheWrap spoke with AMC president Charlie Collier and executive vice president of programming, production and digital content Joel Stillerman to discuss a wide range of subjects, including “Better Call Saul.”

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According to Stillerman, the writers are “just starting to break story,” but “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan is excited about the prospect of rethinking the traditional boundaries of a drama.

“You know, taking an inherently funny character and surprising people in both directions,” Stillerman said. “It’s an hour show, it will be a drama, but it will also be very funny, as Bob’s character was on that show.”

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Should anyone wonder whether funnyman Odenkirk is up to the task of a drama — even a very funny one — Stillerman cited Odenkirk’s performance in the recent film “Nebraska.”

“I think we were all blown away when we saw his work in ‘Nebraska,’ because we all knew he was a great actor, [but] Bob is in the movie in a very, very uncharacteristic role … nothing comedic about it. And not only does he hold his own, he’s really terrific. He’s got a lot of depth and a lot of real acting chops. It’s gonna be fun to see what these guys come up with, to stretch the boundaries of what it means to be a drama.”

Stay tuned for TheWrap’s full interview with Collier and Stillerman.