Breaking Bad Creator Vince Gilligan Says That A Saul Goodman Spin-Off Is Being Pitched



Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan continues the never-ending job of plugging his critically acclaimed series, even though post-production on the final eight episodes wrapped just over a month ago.  It must be a bittersweet time for him, considering this will be the end of Walter White’s story arc.  Not only has the show provided him universal critical acclaim, but it’s launched him into that rare pantheon of writers that may be given nearly free creative reign by any studio that employs him.  Well, in a perfect world.  The truth is that, following the show’s conclusion, he may not be some autonomously functioning creative beast that studios will simply allow off the leash.  But rather, the “street cred” Breaking Bad has bought him will prove invaluable when pushing new ideas in the future.

To stave off much of the emotion that must come along with wrapping up such an achievement, Gilligan has been shifting gears by discussing the much-rumoured Saul Goodman spin-off.  According to the man himself, “it’s full speed ahead on trying to get something going”.  I’d love to watch a show dedicated to one of Breaking Bad’s most unique characters; a character with a lot of potential for interesting stories.

Lest we forget Bob Odenkirk’s glorious embodiment of the sleazy-yet-lovable criminal lawyer.

Unlike many spin-offs, this doesn’t exactly feel like a money grab (though, every business decision such as this will ultimately be that).  A Saul Goodman spin-off genuinely feels like a great idea.  Gilligan recently spoke with The Wrap about pushing the project forward…

On the status of the spin-off…

All my writers are wonderful writers. And they’re all ready to run their own shows. In this particular case, since Peter created the character, it felt more than right to be working with him on this, and we are plugging away coming up with a pitch and a take on it for the network and studio and hopefully everyone will agree that there’s a really fun show to be had here. And hopefully we’ll get it up and running, and then Peter will run it. I’d love to see that happen. It’s not a done deal yet, but it’s definitely something we’re full speed ahead on trying to get going.

On whether it will be a half-hour or hour length show…

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.

On whether the show will be written as a prequel to the events of Breaking Bad…

Those are the two big questions we ask ourselves — is it a half hour or an hour, is it a prequel or a sequel? But having said that, I have to be coy as to whether it even could be a sequel. 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. I can’t even say for sure that it could be a sequel. It may be, it may not.

What do you think about the idea? Would you watch a spin-off about the misadventures of Saul Goodman? Let us know in the comments.

Here’s a supercut of some of Odenkirk’s funniest lines on the show…

Source: JoBlo


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