Vince Gilligan Still Deciding Whether Saul Goodman BREAKING BAD Spin-off Is Sequel Series or Origin Story; Plus Featurette for DVD-Only Scene

     May 30, 2013

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AMC is considering a Breaking Bad spin-off that centers on slick lawyer Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk), but the nature of the series is still up in the air.  Is it a half-hour sitcom?  An hourlong drama?  TBD.  Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan says he is currently hashing out the details with Peter Gould (the writer who came up with Saul) “every chance we get.”  Gilligan went on the record to explain a bit more about the thought process:

“[We’re] trying to figure out, for instance, whether it’s a prequel or a sequel. … Any story that at some point or another showed Saul at his peak, his abilities and his networking skills, would, I think, show the criminal underbelly of a fictional Albuquerque that really had Saul Goodman wired into pretty much the heart of it.”

Hit the jump for more from Gilligan, plus a featurette for the new eight-minute scene created specifically for the Season 5 Blu-ray/DVD.

Gilligan tells Yahoo that although nothing is signed, the spin-off is “very much a possibility.”  He elaborates:

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“It’s still in its very early days.  [We’re] trying to figure out, for instance, whether it’s a prequel or a sequel.  We’re trying to figure out what kind of story we want to tell as it relates to Saul.  But any story that at some point or another showed Saul at his peak, his abilities and his networking skills, would, I think, show the criminal underbelly of a fictional Albuquerque that really had Saul Goodman wired into pretty much the heart of it.  This is a guy who kind of knows everybody… everybody in town, all the major players.  And he has a hand in the business every which way he can.  So we just have to figure out exactly what kind of story we’re telling.  Is it a story about his creation of his own character?  Because Saul Goodman, as he explains in his first episode, is not his real name.  He is a self-created character, much like Heisenberg.  Do we tell the story of his origins?  We’re still trying to hash that out.  But there are a lot of fun possibilities.”

I am still surprised they are considering the spinoff, but I love Odenkirk, so this sounds like a great way to continue Breaking Bad adventures while keeping the original vision intact.

Breaking Bad – The Fifth Season is available on Blu-ray and DVD June 4.  To entice you to buy, AMC commissioned Gilligan and Co. to write and film a scene exclusively for the home release.  The eight-minute scene explains what Jesse (Aaron Paul) learned from Saul that made him so scared of Walter (Bryan Cranston) in last September’s midseason finale.  This featurette shows the process behind writing and filming “Chicks ‘n’ Guns”:

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