AMC Officially Developing 'Saul Goodman' BREAKING BAD Spin-Off
After months of speculation and the series finale of BREAKING BAD on the horizon, AMC has finally announced that it's officially moving forward with its long-rumored Saul Goodman-centric spin-off.
The official statement reads:
"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."
Reports emerged in April that the network was considering a comedy-driven take on the universe of BAD, with series creator Gilligan and Goodman scribe Peter Gould on board.
In an interview with Vulture earlier this year, Odenkirk also spoke of the chances of a spin-off, saying, "Oh yeah, we've talked about it...Vince [Gilligan] is still really busy with the show so we haven't talked very in-depth about it, but he clearly thinks it's a possibility. And I've certainly told him that if there was some way to see more of Saul then I would be happy to do it. It would be fun."
BREAKING BAD follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Anna Gunn) and teenage son (RJ Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live.
With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family's financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world. The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White's releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.
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