The much ballyhooed Breaking Bad spinoff based on Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman is officially happening, as Deadline is reporting that AMC and Sony Pictures TV have reached a deal to make the series a reality. Tentatively titled Better Call Saul, the series will be a one-hour prequel that focuses on how Saul Goodman became the sleaze ball lawyer he is in Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan and writer-producer Peter Gould are the guys behind the new series, too.
The network wouldn’t elaborate on the project’s status, but Better Call Saul is expected to get a formal series order pending the complication of Sony TV’s deals with Gilligan, Gould and Odenkirk. The pact between AMC and Sony TV came after talks between the two sides came down to the wire, with other outlets, including Netflix, which has had huge success with Breaking Bad, very interested in snatching the spinoff series.
The title of the spinoff comes from the original Saul episode of Breaking Bad, titled “Better Call Saul”, in which Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) hire the flamboyant Goodman after Badger (Matt L. Jones) is caught by the DEA. Goodman, who has been a regular presence on the show since, is a sleazy but highly competent criminal lawyer with a penchant for over-the-top TV commercials in which he uses his signature tagline “Better Call Saul!” Saul has served as Breaking Bad‘s comic relief, which is not surprising given Odenkirk’s strong comedy background. While houlong[sic], the spinoff is expected to be be far less dark than the original series, with more comedy infused into it.