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‘Breaking Bad’ spinoff moving forward

Credit: AMC

Credit: AMC

With the premiere of the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad a little more than a month away, series creator Vince Gilligan is going to have to find other ways to occupy his free time. Of course, if his latest project gets off the ground, he won’t be free for long.

Gilligan confirmed to The Wrap that he and writer Peter Gould are moving “full speed ahead” on their potential spinoff of Breaking Bad, which would follow the exploits of the duplicitous, scheming attorney Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk.

Though the series isn’t a sure-thing just yet, the writing duo plans on pitching the project to Sony. However, before that time comes, Gilligan and Gould need to work out a few kinks in the premise: such as whether the series will be a prequel or sequel to the hit AMC drama.

Gilligan made note that the spin-off in no way promises that Saul Goodman would survive the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad, as discussion of making the series a sequel is still preliminary; however, a prequel would open up such possibilities as the return of Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut or Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring. On the latter possibility, Gilligan is particularly enthused.

“If it’s a prequel, Giancarlo Esposito says he’d love to do it,” Gilligan stated. “Any chance I get to work with Giancarlo again, I would jump at the opportunity. He is a wonderful actor and such a sweet guy. … It’s kind of one of those “duh” moments where you think, ‘Of course he’s not Gus Fring, he’s an actor. He’s a very good actor.’ But I still get amazed even after doing this for so many years what a good actor can bring to a character, and how different a good actor can be in real life from the character they portray. Using Giancarlo as an example, this is a guy who is so sweet and kind and sort of tactile – as soon as he sees you he’ll bound across the room and give you a big hug. And he’s into yoga and he’s a very healthy guy. He wears his heart on his sleeve in the best possible way. And yet he can play a guy who’s as buttoned-down and cold and businesslike as Gus Fring.”

There is no set timetable for when the series would premiere, but Gilligan and Gould are hard at work on bringing the project to fruition.

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