AMC has just announced that a Breaking Bad spin-off show is in the works, focusing on the character of Saul Goodman. The show has a working title of Better Call Saul, and will reportedly focus on Saul’s life before he met Walter White or became his lawyer.
The official press release 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.”
It’s interesting that AMC has decided to do a spin-off show because they were recently touting the need for more original concepts and ideas. However, with the popularity of Breaking Bad – which has never been higher or more pervasive in pop culture – they probably think it’s a smart financial decision to capitalize on the craze and give the public something to hang on to when BB ends its run.
While it’s not necessarily a bad idea, I question whether the idea will work. The appeal of Breaking Bad was always with the character of Walter White and the moral dilemmas that surrounded him throughout the show. It was in character and world building, and the way the story weaves itself so effortlessly through its main characters lives. I guess it depends on whether the Breaking Bad showrunner Vince Gilligan decides to stay on in full capacity. If he does, then there’s a good possibility that the show will do well. Of course, they will also have to walk a fine balance between making the show comfortable for Breaking Bad fans while also delving into new material and stories.
Will you guys be watching Better Call Saul if it reaches our television? Let us know in the comments.