Breaking Bad spin-off pushes forward

News Louisa Mellor 9 Jul 2013 - 08:15

While there's no official deal yet, Vince Gilligan says his Breaking Bad spin-off feat. Saul is moving "full speed ahead"...

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan first made noises about continuing the world of his show in spin-off form earlier this year, and since then, his resolve has only strengthened.

Though Gilligan and his chosen showrunner Peter Gould, are yet to pitch to Sony, the plan is to do just that with a Saul Goodman-related project that could take the form of either a prequel or sequel.

Speaking to The Wrap, Gilligan confirmed that he and Saul Goodman-creator Gould were plugging away on coming up with a pitch, adding "It's not a done deal yet, but it's definitely something we're full speed ahead on trying to get going."

When asked whether the plan is for a full hour, or half-hour potential spin-off, Gilligan replied,

"There's a way to do both versions of the show. There's a way to make it a half-hour show and make it a little more... I don’t want to say sitcom-y, but a little more traditionally half-hour comedic. Or there's a way to do it where it fits more snuggly in with the Breaking Bad universe, in which it's an hour-long show. As you can imagine with Saul Goodman as a character, a show like that would have to have plenty of humor to it. But also because he works for some pretty scary clientele sometimes, there'd be a bit of drama in it as well. We're trying to nail that down. As of yet, we haven't completely figured that out ourselves."

With his season five finale in mind, Gilligan was careful not to give anything away, adding that the spin-off may be a prequel because "...you never know, when the dust settles at the end of our final eight episodes, where everybody's gonna be and who's gonna be left standing."

Breaking Bad returns to AMC for its final episodes on Sunday the 11th of August.

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I really could get behind a show like this. Saul is an absolutely fantastic character played wonderfully by Bob Odenkirk who hasn't outstayed his welcome in Breaking Bad. A show of his own where the sleazy lawyer gets mired into shenanigans involving his criminal clientele could certainly fill the void Walter and co leave behind them when they go.

I'm in two minds about this, I think the half hour sitcom-y version could work but I just hope it turns out to be a 'Frasier' and not a 'Joey'.

The problem with making it sitcom-y is that it would clash somewhat with its predecessor. An hour-long would fit better as a follow-up, if they could make that work. ...I'm just not sure. I love the character, but I'm not sure he could hold his own as the centre of a series. Walt's had a very clear character journey, is there one for Saul?

Oh, what am I saying, it's Vince Gilligan. I'd trust the man with my sister.

Maybe a half hour drama?

I hope if anyone survives it's Saul and Jesse!

Well, and Walt's family, I've nothing against them really.

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