'Breaking Bad' Saul Goodman Spin-Off Is Developing "Full Steam Ahead"

Just a few weeks remain until the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad begin to air on AMC. Fans across the world have begun to rewatch the previous seasons in anticipation. (New Yorkers can catch prior seasons of the show for free at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater from July 26-30.) There's a good chance, however, that the world of Breaking Bad be closed for good come this fall.

For months we've heard show creator Vince Gilligan was considering a spin-off series focusing on Walter White's crooked lawyer, Saul Goodman, memorably played by Bob Odenkirk. Gilligan admitted he wants to do the show, but has been unsure of how to go about it. Prequel? Maybe a sequel? In a new interview, Gilligan doesn't answer that question, but does say he and fellow writer Peter Gould are moving "full speed ahead" with the project. They hope to pitch it to Sony in the near future. As of now, it's Gilligan's only planned post-Breaking Bad project.

The Wrap spoke with Gilligan at length about the project, and he said the following:

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.

Later in the interview, Gilligan said the two biggest questions they need to answer are whether it'll be a half-hour show or an hour, and whether to set it before the events of Breaking Bad or after the events of Breaking Bad:

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.


Lastly, Gilligan admitted, if it is a prequel, it could give him the opportunity to bring back Giancarlo Esposito's iconic character, Gus Fring.

Head to The Wrap to read more from Gilligan about the potential Saul Goodman series. Do you want it to be 30 or 60 minutes? Prequel or sequel?