Bob Odenkirk’s ‘Better Call Saul’ ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff Might Actually Happen
There's been rumors swirling abound for a Saul Goodman (Walt and Jesse's shady, money-laundering lawyer played by entertainment industry giant–and former TV boyfriend of Elaine Benes–Bob Odenkirk) spinoff series for quite sometime now. For the most part, it's been the television series equivalent of you and your friend drunkenly saying how you're gonna one day start a business–a grandiose plan that you'd love to actualize, except that there's a little thing called reality.
Except that it looks like in this case, the idea might have trascended the blackout and made it into a next-moring “I'm actually really fucking serious about this” email. Via Deadline:
As AMC‘s Breaking Bad is heading into its final eight-episode run this summer, the network and series producer Sony TV are exploring keeping the franchise alive with a spinoff series centered on one of Breaking Bad‘s most recognizable supporting characters, Bob Odenkirk‘s unflappable criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. There are no deals in place yet as the project is in its nascent stages, but I hear it is being conceived by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and series writer-producer Peter Gould, who created the Saul character together for a Season 2 episode written by Gould. In the episode, titled “Better Call Saul“, Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) hire the flamboyant Goodman after Badger (Matt L. Jones) is caught by the DEA. Goodman, who has been a regular presence on the show since, is a sleazy but highly competent criminal lawyer with a penchant for over-the-top TV commercials in which he uses his signature tagline “Better Call Saul!” Saul has served as Breaking Bad‘s comic relief, which is not surprising given Odenkirk’s strong comedy background. As a result, I hear the potential spinoff is eyed as a comedy, which could be one-hour, but a half-hour format also is being explored.
A lot of hurdles to get past, but it's like, sorta actually happening. Will most certainly be keeping tabs.