The end of Breaking Bad is getting close, but that doesn’t mean that the story is over. After many rumors and lengthy negotiations over a Saul Goodman spin-off series, AMC and Sony Pictures Television have reached a licensing agreement for the new series.
The spin-off has reportedly been in the works for months, although there was no concrete evidence to solidify the rumors until now. The new series will center around one of Breaking Bad‘s most recognizable supporting characters, Bob Odenkirk’s crafty criminal lawyer Saul Goodman.
Created by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and series writer-producer Peter Gould, who came up with the Saul character together for a Season 2 episode written by Gould, Better Call Saul will be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer.
While AMC didn’t elaborate on the project status of the show in their press release today, but Deadline is reporting that the spin-off will receive a series order after the Sony Pictures TV secures deals with Gilligan, Gould, and Bob Odenkirk.
Gilligan has been high on the idea for over a year. “I would love to see a Saul Goodman spin-off,” he said in a July 2012 interview. “I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law. He’ll settle on the courthouse steps, whatever it takes to stay out of the courtroom. That would be fun — I would like that.”
The title of the spinoff comes from the name of the episode where Saul Goodman’s character is introduced, titled “Better Call Saul”, in which Walt and Jesse hire the flamboyant lawyer after one of their drug dealing employees gets caught by the DEA.
Goodman, who has been a regular on the show since, is a crafty-but-sleezy criminal defense lawyer who has built up a reputation for his outlandish TV commercials and, most notably, his slogan: “Better Call Saul.”
Saul has served as Breaking Bad‘s comic relief ever since Hank, Walt’s DEA brother-in-law/arch nemesis, became a more serious character after having been on the hunt for the infamous Heisenberg (aka Walter White).
The spin-off series is said to focus more on the lighter side of Albuquerque, given Odenkirk’s comedy background, with more comedy infused into the series than Breaking Bad. Regardless, even as a comedy, the possibility to see more of Gus Fring and Mike Ehrmantraut is always a plus.
So, what do you think about Better Call Saul? Will this spin-off be able to live up to the greatness of Breaking Bad? Let us know in the comments!