Vince Gilligan has been talking about a "Breaking Bad" spin-off series centered around Saul Goodman since last year's Comic-Con. The project's gone from something that sounded a lot like a joke, to something more serious, to something actually serious, with discussions being had between Sony Pictures Television, which produces "Breaking Bad," and AMC, which airs it.
Today, the two companies confirmed that they have reached a licensing agreement for the project, which will be an hourlong prequel series with the working title "Better Call Saul." The new series will be based on Saul, the shady, billboard-loving lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk in "Breaking Bad," and will focus on the evolution of the character before he met Walter White -- so, room for Giancarlo Esposito to return as Gus Fring?
The announcement sent out by AMC and Sony today was a little vague, but Buzzfeed's Kate Aurthur confirms that "Better Call Saul" indeed has gotten a series order, with no separate pilot being made. The Hollywood Reporter's Lacey Rose adds that the reason the announcement was made as a licensing deal is that the talent/producer deals have not been finalized, though they seem inevitable at this point.
Three more episodes remain of "Breaking Bad."