By Will Ashton
Now that Breaking Bad is, indeed, over, it’s time to start looking towards the future. Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are currently working on the spin-off to their beloved series, Better Call Saul. While progress on the show is still very early, it appears that they are thinking about bringing back the two most iconic characters from the previous series.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gilligan talked about his plans for Better Call Saul and revealed that, while the show was initially conceived as a half-hour comedy, that the show will now be a hour-long series. The show will still take place in Albuquerque, and will keep the visual palette found in the previous series.
In THR, he stated:
“We’re both one-hour drama guys,” he says, but more to the point, they realized that so much of what they enjoyed about Breaking Bad was the show’s visual elements. “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.”
He then went on to reveal that they are likely to bring back Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston to play Jessie Pinkman and Walter White in cameo form. Both stars have expressed interest in returning to their characters.
“Personally, I’d have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then,” Gilligan said.
Gilligan believes that the show will be more comedy than drama, opposed to that of Breaking Bad, but that there will be a central dramatic focus. He will be directing the pilot, like he did for Breaking Bad, and expects to be in the writing room full-time for at least the first season. The aim is to premiere the series on AMC sometime between August and October of next year.
Along with this, Gilligan is intending to write his feature directorial debut once he lands an idea worthy of the effort. He’s thinking is leaning towards Western, which, given Breaking Bad’s sensibilities, makes a good deal of sense. Gilligan will be overseeing the CBS drama Battle Creek, but notes that, in time, that will become David Shore’s show. Gilligan believes that his next television effort will be on HBO or Netflix, given their creative freedom.