AMC is winding down “Breaking Bad” with an eight-episode run set for this summer, but that isn’t necessarily the last we’ll see of the “Breaking Bad” universe. Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com that the cable channel is working with series producer Sony TV on a possible spinoff.
The spinoff would be built around one of the original series’ memorable characters, criminal lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk.
“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,” Andreeva writes. “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!’”
The series has taken advantage of Odenkirk’s comedy background, using the character to provide comic relief, Andreeva notes. She adds: “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.”