Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has provided an update on the proposed spin-off that will follow “criminal lawyer” Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk.
Gilligan has said that that he’s “full steam ahead” on trying to make the lovable and quick-witted Saul have his own program, after announcing back in April that he was looking for a potential spin-off.
The creator, who has been nominated for five Emmy Awards for his directing and writing roles on the show, has said that he and producer Peter Gould have been “plugging away coming up with a pitch” to take to the AMC, that network that airs the popular show.
“It’s not a done deal yet, but it’s definitely something we’re full speed ahead on trying to get going” he said.
Gilligan said that the show might be more “traditional” with a 30-minute length.
“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 snugly in with the Breaking Bad universe, in which it’s an hour-long show.”
Saul Goodman is considered to be the comic relief in the show’s rather dark universe, so the spin-off could be quite humorous compared to its original creation.
“As you can imagine with Saul Goodman as a character, a show like that would have to have plenty of humour to it,” Gilligan explained.
“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.”
However, the possibility that Saul might have his own show means that he might survive Breaking Bad’s final eight episodes. Gilligan though was quick to put that to bed.
“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.”
Breaking Bad began in 2008 and follows the fortunes of Bryan Cranston‘s Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who after discovering he has terminal lung cancer, teams up with his former high school student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to produce and sell crystal meth. The show has been a critical and commercial hit, with the final episodes to begin airing on August 11.