‘Breaking Bad’ Spin-Off ‘Better Call Saul’ Is A Go At AMC

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The Saul Goodman spin-off of Breaking Bad is one step closer to reality. AMC and Sony Pictures Television have reached a licensing agreement for the proposed series, which will revolve around the character of lawyer Saul Goodman, who has been a fixture on Breaking Bad since the show’s second season.

This spin-off – which is tentatively titled Better Call Saul, a throwback to the title of the Breaking Bad episode which initially introduced the character – will be a one hour prequel which will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and writer Peter Gould, who created the character of Saul Goodman, are attached to the project.

The project had been in the works for some time, with word of the potential spin-off first leaking out more than a year ago. However, at the time it was unclear whether or not AMC would be interested in pursuing such a project. Had they not been, Sony was prepared to take the pitch out to other networks, but given the proven track record or Breaking Bad and its recent ratings surge AMC decided to officially board the project. It also comes as AMC has seen its latest drama effort Low Winter Sun struggle in the ratings; making a series with something of a built in audience very appealing.