“Breaking Bad” is set to finish at the end of this month after an award-winning five seasons.
But today there was an announcement that a spin-off featuring crooked lawyer Saul Goodman will air next year.
AMC confirmed the report on Twitter stating they had reached a licensing agreement for the spin-off, which has been tentatively titled “Better Call Saul”.
Bob Odenkirk, who was a regular on the series since the third season, will reprise his role as the shady lawyer before he began representing crystal meth cook and former professor Walter White (Bryan Cranston).
The spin-off will initially air as a one hour show “that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character”.
The new series is being developed by Andrew Gilligan, the creator of “Breaking Bad” and writer/producer Andrew Gould.
Negotiations between the AMC and Sony Pictures has been in the works for months.
There are reports the new series will be a bit “less dark” and will have more comedy included.
Gilligan has wanted to do the spin-off since last year, stating, “I would love to see a Saul Goodman spin-off. I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law. He’ll settle on the courthouse steps, whatever it takes to stay out of the courtroom. That would be fun – I would like that.”
Bob Odenkirk spoke about how he would welcome a spin-off for his character. He said, “You need to see that other side, that other dimension, to believe that you can do a whole series with this character. If all it was is Saul being a sleazeball, there’s not much to show there. But if he’s a person, and he has some depth to him, and his reactions are not cookie-cutter or obvious depending on the situation he’s in, then he’s worth watching.”
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