Earlier this year, we reported to you that Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan was amusing himself with the idea of a Breaking Bad spinoff show that would center around sleazy lawyer/ Breaking Bad comic relief Saul Goodman, the Bob Odenkirk character who will pop up now and again on the series and allow the audience to laugh in between Walter White’s increasingly depressing and harrowing slide into total repugnance and evil. While at the time we thought it was nothing more than a silly whim, Gilligan seems dead-set on making it happen, and plans are now apparently “full speed ahead” to get it done.
Back in April, Gilligan had this to say on the subject:
“I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law…He’ll settle on the courthouse steps, whatever it takes to stay out of the courtroom. That would be fun — I would like that.”
Now, Gilligan is stating the show is “not a done deal yet, but it’s definitely something we’re full speed ahead on trying to get going.” Further, Gilligan and Breaking Bad producer/ Saul creator Peter Gould are planning to pitch the series to Sony, with Gould set to be the series’ showrunner, according to The AV Club. As for the pitch? Gilligan stated his ideas for the series:
“There’s a way to make it a half-hour show and make it a little more—I don’t want to say sitcom-y, but a little more traditionally half-hour comedic. Or there’s a way to do it where it fits more snuggly in with the Breaking Bad universe, in which it’s an hour-long show. As you can imagine with Saul Goodman as a character, a show like that would have to have plenty of humor to it. But also because he works for some pretty scary clientele sometimes, there’d be a bit of drama in it as well. We’re trying to nail that down. As of yet, we haven’t completely figured that out ourselves.”
Further, Gilligan and Gould are currently sussing out whether or not the series will be a prequel or a sequel to Breaking Bad (with a sequel pretty much guaranteeing that Saul will make it to the Breaking Bad finish line).
A Saul Goodman sitcom—this will either be the greatest or worst idea in the history of television.
Better Call Saul?