Saul Goodman, pick up! AMC is calling!
The much-talked-about Breaking Bad spin-off featuring filthy bus-stop lawyer Saul Goodman is happening. I think. It's a little difficult to tell from the press release. But here's what we do know: It's at least officially being developed. AMC has announced that it's reached a licensing agreement with Sony TV for a Breaking Bad spin-off centering on the character of Saul Goodman. The one-hour series would be a prequel, following Goodman before he meets Walter White. But hopefully not before he employs Huell and Kuby.
Let's have ourselves a little course in verbage in attempt to parse exactly what to expect. Here's what AMC said in its brief and rather nebulous press release:
AMC and Sony Pictures Television confirmed today that they have reached a licensing agreement for a spin-off of Vince Gilligan’s landmark AMC/SPT series Breaking Bad. As conceived, the new series is based on the show’s popular Saul Goodman character with the working title Better Call Saul. Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer.
That means Better Call Saul isn't quite an actual thing yet. It's in development. It still has a long way to go. Sony still needs to corral talent, hire a whole bunch of people, write scripts, and give lots of approvals before Better Call Saul becomes an actual show. There's also no word yet on an official pilot order, so the project needs that, too. Then it has to pass the pilot process. And then we'll have a show.
BUT the fact that AMC has put out a release tells me the network is very interested in it, and unless things go terribly wrong, Better Call Saul has a great chance of making it to air. If I had to guess, I'd say we're looking at a possible summer 2014 release if things are fast-tracked and everything goes smoothly, but that's crazy speculation on my part.
Additionally, Breaking Bad writer Peter Gould is definitely on board with this thing, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan will have some input. Bob Odenkirk, who plays Saul, previously said that as long as Vince and Peter think it's a good idea, he's very interested.
Okay now let's speculate! The idea of a prequel brings up a whole lot of possibilities. Gus Fring could return. Mike Ehrmantraut could return. We could finally meet Saul's guy who knows a guy who knows a guy! Even Walter could make a cameo, via a chance encounter before Saul and Walter even meet each other. Plus, the fact that it's a prequel means that Saul Goodman could still eat a whole bunch of lead or ricin before Breaking Bad is over—it's not a free pass for him.
Remember kids, don't drink and drive. But if you do... Better Call Saul!
What would YOU like to see in Better Call Saul?
AIRED ON 9/29/2013
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