Netflix acquires rights to stream ‘Better Call Saul’ after AMC run next year

by Nick Barnes

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It has today been revealed that online streaming giant Netflix has yet another big show under its belt.

The giant has managed to work out a deal with Sony Pictures Television to stream Breaking Bad prequel ‘Better Call Saul’ following the AMC run in 2014.

Better Call Saul is of course the Breaking Bad spin-off show, which will act as a prequel. Bob Odenkirk will reprise his role as strip-mall lawyer Saul Goodman. The show will tell the story of Goodman in the ten years before he repped Walter White.

Thus far, we know that the spin-off will follow the hour long format of Breaking Bad along with the 75-25 percent Drama-Comedy content, respectively.

Way back in September when the project was confirmed, AMC and Sony Pictures Television said in a joint statement: “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”.

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The full first season of Better Call Saul will stream to American and Canadian subscribers following the season finale on AMC. European and Latin American subscribers will be able to stream the show a few days after.

Speaking about the news, Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television said: “Coming off of the overwhelming success of ‘Breaking Bad’, we’re excited to continue our collaboration with Vince [Gilligan], as well as Peter Gould, and that fans around the world will be able to embrace ‘Saul’.”

Netflix’s head of content Ted Sarandos added that the spinoff “promises to continue its tradition of powerful storytelling.

“We are proud to be in business with Sony Pictures Television to bring Saul Goodman to our subscribers around the world”.

It would seem that Netflix was going to get the exclusive streaming on-demand-partner for Better Call Saul all along as Sony Pictures Television was reportedly going to offer the full rights to Netflix if AMC refused to pick the show up.

Unfortunately, AMC has not yet given a premiere date for Better Call Saul.