BREAKING BAD: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks Poised For BETTER CALL SAUL Spinoff

Saul Goodman

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has confirmed that the upcoming spinoff, Better Call Saul, intends to feature appearances from Bryan Cranson, Aaron Paul and Jonathan Banks.

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The spinoff prequel, conceived by Gilligan and Bad EP Peter Gould, will center around Bob Odenkirk‘s fan-favorite character Saul Goodman. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Gilligan stated it will indeed be an hour-long comedy drama (as opposed a 30-minute sitcom), and will incorporate Bad‘s renowned visual aesthetic:

“We’re both one-hour drama guys. 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.”

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Gilligan confirmed that Cranston and Paul are interested in making cameo appearances, and hinted that Banks’ Mike Ehrmantraut could play a more pivotal role:

The sky’s the limit with a prequel, because Better Call Saul will exist in the time before Saul met Walter White, so in that time everybody who’s now deceased in the Breaking Bad world is obviously still alive. You never know who might turn up or when or where.”

Personally, I’d have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then.  I can definitely see a version of this where Mike Ehrmantraut is an important part of the series. It will be interesting to see a little intimate, personal side of Saul Goodman”

Gilligan notes that the storyline is still being plotted out, though they expect the series will be set in an office and – naturally – take a more comedic tone than Bad, while infusing a dramatic line.

Saul is expected to launch fall 2014 on AMC.

 

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  1. Avatar of Scott L. Jenkins says

    I think it’d be hard to squeeze in cameos by characters that Breaking Bad established Saul to have never met prior to his introduction (Walt, Jesse, etc.), but I see no reason to not have characters like Mike, Gus, Huell, Kuby, Lawson, Todd, Francesca, Hank, Gomez, and maybe even Skinny Pete, Badger and Combo (I can’t remember if Saul had met any of them prior to Breaking Bad :S) included in Better Call Saul. I’d be pretty disappointed if at least two of those characters didn’t play a large role.

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  2. Avatar of Jim says

    All I hear about this show is good news… I can’t wait!

    Mike in a big role just has to happen. When I watch his scene from 3×13 I always wish they had done a spin-off about his character. A Walter White cameo would be awesome as well. I always enjoyed the flashback scenes that took place before his 50th birthday. It would be great to see them talking to each other, even briefly, not knowing how important they would be for each other.

    Aaron Paul showing up would be strange, because when this show airs he will be about five years older than his character, and he’s supposed to be even younger. You could already tell in the flashbacks (?) from Ozymandias and Felina.

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