Though there may be only three episodes of Breaking Bad remaining, the sordid Albuquerque that Vince Gilligan created will not disappear. AMC announced it is going forward with the rumored Better Call Saul spinoff starring Bob Odenkirk's scheming two-bit lawyer Saul Goodman.
The news, however, does not mean that Saul will be saved from some sort of horrible fate in the remaining episodes of the show. Better Call Saul is being described as a "prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer." Breaking Bad producer and writer Peter Gould, who created Goodman, will serve as showrunner, Lacey Rose of The Hollywood Reporter reports. Spinoffs are not necessarily terrible, but there are many unknowns here. Will the show take on a procedural quality with Saul handling different cases each week? Does Gould have some sort of epic antihero backstory up his sleeve?
Here is the full release from AMC:
AMC AND SONY PICTURES TELEVISION STATEMENT ON BREAKING BAD SPINOFF
NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 11, 2013 – AMC and Sony Pictures Television confirmed today that they have reached a licensing agreement for a spinoff of Vince Gilligan’s landmark AMC/SPT series Breaking Bad. As conceived, the new series is based on the show’s popular Saul Goodman character with the working title Better Call Saul. Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer.
All we know is fans will likely be outraged if this is disappointing. (Update: Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports that she has "learned Better Call Saul has a series order pending the complication of Sony TV’s deals with Gilligan, Gould and Odenkirk.")