‘Breaking Bad’ creator Vince Gilligan talks ‘Better Call Saul’
Hit AMC drama ‘Breaking Bad’ came to a conclusion last year and even before that we knew that we’d be getting a spin-off series featuring Saul Goodman.
While Vince Gilligan won’t be running things on ‘Better Call Saul’ it sounds like he’ll be involved in the writers room throughout the first season and may even direct the first episode.
Vince Gilligan however is someone in the know when it comes to the show but it appears that ‘Breaking Bad’ writer and Saul creator Peter Gould will be running things on the spin-off.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly towards the end of last year Vince Gilligan discussed ‘Better Call Saul’ and whether or not the show will be a prequel.
Gilligan said: We think, by and large, this show will be a prequel, but the wonderful thing about the fractured chronology we employed on Breaking Bad for many years is the audience will not be thrown by us jumping around in time.”
“So it’s possible that we may indeed do that, and we’ll see the past and perhaps the future.”
Vince Gilligan also spoke about the possibility of seeing characters from ‘Breaking Bad’ pop up in the show – other than of course Saul Goodman himself:
“The character that springs to mind would be Mike (Jonathan Banks). That would be a great deal of fun. I would say the sky’s the limit, at least theoretically speaking.”
“Realistically speaking, we’ve got a whole lot of actors, and the world is now well-aware of their wonderful talents and abilities, and therefore Breaking Bad has probably made it tougher for Peter and I to get some of these folks pinned down for another TV show.”
While the show looks set to be a prequel Vince Gilligan also spoke about whether or not scenes in ‘Better Call Saul’ could jump into the ‘Breaking Bad’ era:
It could. That’s why I love the possibilities of the show so much. Anything is possible, and I can’t make any promises that we will indeed see that kind of stuff, but I can tell you from a writer’s point of view, it’s very freeing and emboldening to have those opportunities available to you.
In the middle of last month (December) we also learned that Netflix had acquired the rights to run ‘Better Call Saul’ after it airs on AMC later this year.
At present an official air date for ‘Better Call Saul’ is yet to be announced but we’ll keep you updated as information comes in.
Watch a clip of some of Saul Goodman’s best bits on ‘Breaking Bad’ below – warning may contain spoilers!