Wednesday, September 11, 2013

'Breaking Bad' Spinoff 'Better Call Saul' A Go at AMC

After lengthy negotiations, AMC and Sony Pictures Television have reached a licensing agreement for a spinoff from Vince Gilligan's acclaimed drama series, Breaking Bad. The spinoff series, tentatively titled Better Call Saul, had been in the works for months. It centers on one of Breaking Bad's most recognizable supporting characters, Bob Odenkirk's unflappable criminal lawyer Saul Goodman.

Conceived by Breaking Bad creator Gilligan and series writer-producer Peter Gould, who created the Saul character together for a season 2 episode written by Gould, the spinoff will be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the Goodman character before he ever became Walter White's lawyer.

The series will star Odenkirk, with Gould set to run the series with Gilligan attached as an executive producer. Even though the series will be an hourlong, it is expected to be far less dark than the original series, with more comedy infused into it.

Had talks with AMC fallen through, there were several other distributors, including Netflix, that were set to pounce the project. An official series order is still pending however pending the re-upping of Sony's deals with Gilligan, Gould and Odenkirk. But given the high ratings for the final episodes of Breaking Bad, I don't see why a deal will not be met soon.