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.”
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.