Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has opened up about his hopes for the hit show’s spin-off, Better Call Saul, and revealed that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul could both cameo.
Breaking Bad, which follows the rise of a high school chemistry teacher turned drugs kingpin Walter White, came to a dramatic conclusion last month, and Gilligan is now one of the most in-demand writer-producers in Hollywood.
But despite the offers from the movie studios, Gilligan’s next project is a prequel spin-off series to Breaking Bad, based on the popular character of Saul Goodman, White’s sleazy but likeable lawyer.
Gillighan, who knows the dangers of trying to recapture the essence of a much-loved drama, having worked on the short-lived X Files spin-off The Lone Gunmen, acknowledged the risks, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter:
“There’s obviously a danger inherent in doing a spin-off, but I just love the character of Saul Goodman so much, and part of me doesn’t want to say no to this world.”
Both Cranston, who has won much acclaim for his portrayal of the morally conflicted White, and co-star Paul, who plays his young apprentice Jesse Pinkman, have expressed their interest in making cameo appearances in Better Call Saul, and Gilligan is keen to include them:
“Personally, I’d have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then.”
While Breaking Bad is known for its unflinching violence and dark storylines, the character of Saul, played by Bob Odenkirk, often offers light, comedic relief. As such, his spin-off was originally conceived as a half-hour sitcom, but Gilligan, along with writing partner Peter Gould, have shifted it to a more serious tone with a fuller dramatic arc.
“We’re both one-hour drama guys,” Villighan said. “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.”
“We’ve had to find the ongoing itch that Saul needs to scratch, so to speak, or else we wouldn’t have much of a show,” he added.
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