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As the clock ticks down on the final episodes of Breaking Bad, AMC is pushing forward with plans for a spinoff centered on Saul Goodman, the shady criminal lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cable network has reached a licensing agreement with Sony for a prequel tentatively titled Better Call Saul that the two parties say “will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer.”
Writer/producer Peter Gould, who created the character, would serve as showrunner, while Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan remaining involved.
Goodman, who operates Saul Goodman & Associates out of an office in an Albuquerque strip mall, was introduced in the Season 2 episode “Better Call Saul,” named for his slogan in his late-night television commercials. He quickly became a fan-favorite character.
Gilligan began talking openly about a potential spinoff earlier this year, but had seemed conflicted about whether the one-hour drama should be a prequel.
“We’re trying to figure out what kind of story we want to tell as it relates to Saul,” he said. “But any story that at some point or another showed Saul at his peak, his abilities and his networking skills, would, I think, show the criminal underbelly of a fictional Albuquerque that really had Saul Goodman wired into pretty much the heart of it. […] “Saul Goodman, as he explains in his first episode, is not his real name. He is a self-created character, much like Heisenberg. Do we tell the story of his origins? We’re still trying to hash that out. But there are a lot of fun possibilities.”