In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan discussed new details surrounding Better Call Saul, the upcoming comedy/drama starring Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, Walter White’s sleazy, yet somehow lovable, lawyer. The entire interview is worth a read, especially if you want insight into Gilligan’s anxiety over trying to match his critical darling (“The odds of winning the lottery two weeks in a row are pretty infinitesimal”), but here’s what we now know about his next project:
*Better Call Saul will air on AMC just like its predecessor, though FX and Netflix were two rivals who almost snatched it away in the negotiation process.
*Though Gilligan considered making the show a half-hour sitcom, he decided in the end to stick with the hourlong drama format, mostly so he could replicate the visual style of Breaking Bad.
*As expected, the show will mostly take place in Albuquerque.
*He’s hoping to land cameos from Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
*He’s co-creating the show with Peter Gould, who worked on all five seasons of Breaking Bad. He’ll also be using a similar crew.
*They’ll be reversing the Breaking Bad proportion of drama-to-comedy, going 75/25 in favor of laughs.
*At the same time, they’re searching for the darkness in their lead character, fearing the show won’t be substantial if he’s only good for comic relief.
Gilligan told HR that although he understands the dangers of a spinoff, he “doesn’t want to say no to this world.” At the same, he derived less pleasure than you might expect from the success of Breaking Bad.
“I can’t seem to let loose and enjoy it. It just sort of washes over me,” he said. “I’m just sort of preoccupied by, ‘What if this goes wrong?’ or ‘What if that goes wrong?’ It’s as though I don’t have the enjoyment gene.”