Details emerge of Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul
Vince Gilligan spills the beans on his Breaking Bad spin off and reveals that it might include some more familiar faces
Vince Gilligan has taken some time out from basking in the deserved glory of his success with Breaking Bad to talk about life as a showrunner and to tease us with some early details about his next project, the spin off Better Call Saul.
In an announcement that may please Breaking Bad fans, Gilligan explained that he and partner Peter Gould have committed to keeping reasonable close to their established template. For one thing, Better Call Saul will be filmed in Albuquerque with as much of the Breaking Bad crew as possible. This, says Gilligan, will help to maintain the “pre-existing fictional universe that they had so much fun creating."
Same crew? Same universe? Does that mean? Yes, both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul may appear in cameo roles. Both actors have expressed an interest and Gilligan says he’d find it “very hard to resist” including them in some way.
As a prequel, Gilligan and Gould would have to navigate the fact that we saw Walt and Jesse meet the criminal lawyer during Breaking Bad’s run, set after the events of Better Call Saul, but we’re sure they’ll manage to do it well, particularly if they maintain their technique of dropping in sneaky visual hints and references to the wider aspects of their fictional world.
As previously announced, Better Call Saul will also share the one-hour format with its parent show but will be noticeably lighter in tone though the writing team will find the dramatic “itch that Saul needs to scratch”
The precise nature of that itch may not emerge for a while, Gilligan and Gould are still working on the pilot. We’ll bring you more news as it appears.
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