‘Breaking Bad’ Spin-Off “Better Call Saul” Actually Happening

09.11.13 4 years ago 15 Comments

Words by Alec Bojalad

It’s been rumored for a long time but it looks like Bob Odenkirk’s sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman, of Breaking Bad fame is actually, for-real, cross-AMC’s-heart-and-hope-to-die getting his own spin-off show.

AMC has reached a deal with Sony – which owns Breaking Bad – to produce a one-hour pilot, tentatively called Better Call Saul. And though the existence of Saul Goodman’s character post-Breaking Bad, which ends in three weeks, may seem like an inherent spoiler alert, it turns out that Better Call Saul will actually be a prequel. So no need to relax any time Saul has a gun pointed in his face any time within the next three Breaking Bad episodes.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has been unequivocal in his desire to get a Saul pilot the greenlight since he first mentioned it publicly a little over a year ago. Still, despite Gilligan’s enthusiasm the project seemed unlikely to happen just because spin-offs are so rare…and spin-offs that actually don’t sound like they’ll suck are even rarer.

Writer-producer Peter Gould, who created the character back in season two of Breaking Bad, will run Better Call Saul with Vince Gilligan involved in some capacity.

Sadly a prequel means we likely won’t get to cherish more time with Huell but it does open the door for a very special episode: When Saul Met Gus.

Photo: Ursula Coyote/AMC

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