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July 3, 2013

'Breaking Bad' creator on spin-off series: 'No deal yet but we're full speed ahead'

The spin-off would focus on Saul Goodman, the dodgy lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk

'Breaking Bad' creator on spin-off series: 'No deal yet but we're full speed ahead'

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has given an update on the mooted spin-off show, saying he's "full steam ahead" on trying to make it happen.

Breaking Bad began in 2008 and follows the fortunes of Bryan Cranston's Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who begins producing and selling crystal meth after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. The final eight episodes begin airing on US network AMC on August 11.

However, Gilligan confirmed back in April that he and the show's producer Peter Gould are planning a spin-off series focusing on Saul Goodman, the dodgy lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk.

Now, in a new interview with TheWrap, Gilligan has revealed that he and Gould are currently "plugging away coming up with a pitch" to take to the network. "It's not a done deal yet, but it's definitely something we're full speed ahead on trying to get going," he said.

Asked whether the spin-off series would be a 30-minute or 60-minute show, Gilligan replied: "There's a way to make it a half-hour show and make it a little more - I don't want to say sitcom-y, but a little more traditionally half-hour comedic. Or there's a way to do it where it fits more snugly in with the Breaking Bad universe, in which it's an hour-long show."

"As you can imagine with Saul Goodman as a character, a show like that would have to have plenty of humour to it," Gilligan explained. "But also because he works for some pretty scary clientele sometimes, there'd be a bit of drama in it as well. We're trying to nail that down. As of yet, we haven't completely figured that out ourselves."

Gilligan then admitted that the other "big question" he and Gould are facing is whether to make the spin-off series a prequel or sequel to Breaking Bad. "But having said that," he teased, "I have to be coy as to whether it even could be a sequel. Because you never know, when the dust settles at the end of our final eight episodes, where everybody's gonna be and who's gonna be left standing. I can't even say for sure that it could be a sequel. It may be, it may not."

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