Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan likes the world he and the show’s producers, cast, and writers created so much that he doesn’t want to leave. So he’s just like a lot of viewers, who also want to spend some more time in the show’s slightly tweaked version of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
And so there’s the plan to create a spin-off show, Better Call Saul, which will focus on the lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk. Like Breaking Bad, the new show will be an hour-long drama, but with heavy comic overtones — in fact, Gilligan says the balance of drama and comedy in this one will be more like 25% to 75%, as opposed to the more drama-heavy original show.
Below, Gilligan explains the approach to making the show, and says that cameos from Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are very likely.
In a long THR profile on Gilligan, the creator says,
There’s obviously a danger inherent in doing a spinoff, but I just love the character of Saul Goodman [Bob Odenkirk] so much, and part of me doesn’t want to say no to this world. [Peter Gould and I are] both one-hour drama guys, so we figured, ‘Why not shoot Saul in the same way?’ Let’s shoot it in Albuquerque, let’s get as much of the crew back together as possible, and let’s do it the way we did it before so that it will be of a piece with that pre-existing fictional universe that we had so much fun creating.
Part of the feel of that fictional world is the presence of Breaking Bad stars Cranston and Paul, who have reportedly “expressed interest in making appearances.” Gilligan is game for that: ”Personally, I’d have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then.”
Also coming back will be some of the Breaking Bad writing staff, and Gilligan says he and Gould have been working on making sure that this is more than just a rehash of the former show with a new focus. “We’ve had to find the ongoing itch that Saul needs to scratch, so to speak, or else we wouldn’t have much of a show.”