The cast of Breaking Bad. Dodgy, wisecracking lawyer Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk) is second from left, sitting down.
The cast of Breaking Bad. Dodgy, wisecracking lawyer Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk) is second from left, sitting down. STV - Contributed by Showtime media website

Breaking Bad spin-off moving forward

A SPIN-off show featuring Breaking Bad's wisecracking lawyer Saul Goodman is yet to be pitched to a network, but it is moving forward, says showrunner Vince Gilligan.

Breaking Bad's final eight episodes begin airing on August 11, and Gilligan says he will begin work on getting the spin-off show off the ground after that.

Goodman, Walter White's dodgy lawyer in the hit AMC show about a schoolteacher-turned-meth manufacturer, is played by Bob Odenkirk.

He's become a cult figure on the show, and Gilligan told TV website The Wrap his only project after finishing Breaking Bad is the Goodman spin-off.

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Gilligan said work on the show is moving "full steam ahead" - but he's not sure what format it would take.

"There's a way to do both versions of the show. 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," he told The Wrap.

"Or there's a way to do it where it fits more snuggly 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.

"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."

The show could be a prequel to what happens on Breaking Bad, Gilligan said.

"We are plugging away coming up with a pitch and a take on it for the network and studio and hopefully everyone will agree that there's a really fun show to be had here," he said.

"And hopefully we'll get it up and running ... I'd love to see that happen. It's not a done deal yet, but it's definitely something we're full speed ahead on trying to get going."



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