Vince Gilligan Says Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Will Cameo on BETTER CALL SAUL; Aiming for Late Summer/Early Fall 2014 Debut

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Though Breaking Bad the series is now over, it appears that the Bad universe will live on for some time.  AMC sought to extend the life of its incredibly popular drama series by ordering a prequel spinoff focusing on Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman character, and now Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is working with Better Call Saul showrunner (and creator of the Goodman character) Peter Gould to shape the vision of the series.  Initially envisioned as a half-hour comedy, Gilligan now says he and Gould have decided to expand the show to an hourlong format that will be shot in Albuquerque and maintain the visual palette of Breaking Bad.  Moreover, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are expected to pop up on Better Call Saul in a cameo capacity, reprising their lead Breaking Bad characters.

Hit the jump for much more, including what Gilligan’s upcoming projects might entail.

vince-gilligan-breaking-bad-better-call-saulAs part of an extensive and fascinating profile of the showrunner by THR, Gilligan talked a bit about his plans for Better Call Saul and what the spinoff will entail.  Though Gilligan and Gould initially thought about crafting a half-hour comedy series, the duo weren’t comfortable with that format and eventually decided to expand the show to an hourlong series:

“We’re both one-hour drama guys,” he says, but more to the point, they realized that so much of what they enjoyed about Breaking Bad was the show’s visual elements. “So we figured, ‘Why not shoot Saul in the same way?’ Let’s shoot it in Albuquerque, let’s get as much of the crew back together as possible, and let’s do it the way we did it before so that it will be of a piece with that pre-existing fictional universe that we had so much fun creating.”

While Breaking Bad was 75% drama and 25% comedy, Better Call Saul is expected to  flip that ratio to showcase Saul’s more comedic sensibilities.  There will, however, be a more central dramatic throughline, as Gilligan said they needed to find “that ongoing itch that Saul needs to scratch” in order to make the premise sustainable over a longer period of time.

bryan-cranston-aaron-paul-better-call-saulMost exciting is the fact that Cranston and Paul have expressed interest in making appearances on the prequel series, and Gilligan is incredibly game to bring Walter White and Jesse Pinkman back, albeit in their pre-completely messed up states:

“Personally, I’d have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then.”

Gilligan will direct the Better Call Saul pilot and says he expects to be in the writers room full-time for at least the show’s first season, with an aim to premiere the series on AMC sometime between August and October of next year.  Beyond that, Gilligan intends to write his feature directorial debut once he finally lands on an idea worthy of the effort—he has an eye toward a Western at this point.

He will oversee the drama series Battle Creek at CBS, but House creator David Shore will be running the police drama from day to day, and Gilligan adds that it will quickly be known as Shore’s show.  THR also adds that Gilligan’s next television endeavor will likely land on HBO or Netflix given the creative freedom allowed on the pay networks.  Whatever Gilligan decides on for his first post-Breaking Bad effort, I think it’s safe to say plenty will be eager to tune in.

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  • Bhammer100

    In Gilligan I trust

  • Red Leader

    Milk it, baby. Milk that cow till it’s tits are dry and saggy.

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  • william

    I hope they do a similar season or two arc with Gus and Mike

  • To Be Continued

    Yeaaah, cameos bitch!!

  • Harry Palm

    When they first said they were doing this show, I thought it was a joke. I liked Saul in small doses, but to make an entire show around him is just a stupid idea.

    • bombinUSA

      youre a flipping idiot, end your life please. thanks!

      everyone,

      • dash

        wishing death upon people. how sad

      • dashkiller

        DIE NIGGA NIGGER DIE

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Bob Odenkirk can deliver something very interesting, I’m sure.

  • Sia

    They did right by us with Breaking Bad WHY THE HELL NOT ? And for those complaining we all know you’ll watch !

  • Marissa Evans

    With this and his part in ‘Fargo’, it’s shaping up to be a great 2014 for TV. :)

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  • zillabeast

    Wow, so this sounds like it might be set concurrently to the events of Breaking Bad. If so, very very cool idea. We can see what Saul was up to with those other yahoos who visited his office while Walt and Jesse were playing armageddon with the drug trade.

    As long as the final season tells the story of Saul’s adventures managing a Cinnabon in Omaha, I think we’ll be just fine.

  • bombinUSA

    now all we need is a gustavo fring spin off! his story has to be the most interesting next to walts.

  • GrimReaper07

    How are they going to make a cameo if they didn’t know Saul before the series? I’m not sure I like it.

  • GrimReaper07

    How are they going to make a cameo if they didn’t know Saul before the series? I’m not sure I like it.

    • Melwing

      could serve as a prequel to the END of breaking bad, not the beginning; perhaps it runs concurrently. i think this would be awesome.

    • ninora

      As others have said i could play out tto catch up and run concurrently with Breaking Bad. (Also, Jesse knew Saul before Breaking Bad; and if they have Jesse, then they have his High School Chemistry teacher …WALTER WHITE!)

  • NICK НΛRT

    so excited for this! can’t wait to see huell again

  • NICK НΛRT

    so excited for this! can’t wait to see huell again

  • LEM

    I really hope they have Bill Burr on this as well.

  • LEM

    I really hope they have Bill Burr on this as well.

  • Seannie5

    I never heard of Bob Odenkirk before this show and even before I knew his name I thought what a good actor he was in it, he really made a great character. Some of the best one liners ever.

    • dude

      SNL, How I met your mother… and countless more guest appearances…

  • Seannie5

    I never heard of Bob Odenkirk before this show and even before I knew his name I thought what a good actor he was in it, he really made a great character. Some of the best one liners ever.

  • LEM

    Isn’t this the desperate cameo spin offs do in an attempt to boost ratings in a last ditch effort not to get cancelled?

    • insaneshayne

      That was before Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad redefined Television dramas!

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