Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
International Trailer For John Woo's The Crossing Debuts
Take your first look at what could be the Chinese Titanic
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
28 August 2014
New Images From Exodus: Gods & Kings
Wait, were tornadoes one of the original plagues?
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Exodus: Gods And Kings
26 December 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Godzilla (2014)
Empire Star Rating
A Long Way Down (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Need For Speed (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Gangster Squad (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Smashed (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Vince Gilligan Offers A Better Call Saul Update
Cranston and co to cameo? Could happen...

16 October 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Though he could be forgiven for sitting on his laurels (or wearing them as a hat and taking a victory lap), Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is throwing himself back into setting up other things. Prime amongst them is the spin-off, Better Call Saul, featuring Bob Odenkirk’s slimy lawyer character in a prequel to the Albuquerque-set series. Now Gilligan is talking up the show in more depth, including hinting that Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul could cameo.

Talking with The Hollywood Reporter, Gilligan explains that he decided to push ahead (alongside Breaking Bad colleague Peter Gould) with the spin-off despite concerns that nothing can live up to the parent series.  "There's obviously a danger inherent in doing a spinoff, but I just love the character of Saul Goodman so much, and part of me doesn't want to say no to this world," he says. He has experience on how tough it is to follow a hit having worked on the short-lived X-Files spin-off, The Lone Gunmen.

Though there was speculation that Saul would be a sitcom, Gilligan and Gould are happier working in the longer format still. "We're both one-hour drama guys. 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."

While the show will be much more comedic than Walter White’s activities, Saul will still need a dramatic structure. "We've had to find the ongoing itch that Saul needs to scratch, so to speak, or else we wouldn't have much of a show." Plus, though the show is obviously set before the later events of Breaking Bad, the location and focus means that the show’s stars could briefly crop up. "Personally, I'd have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then.”

As for Gilligan’s non Breaking Bad career, he’s juggling ideas for movies he wants to direct and will creatively help out on police drama Battle Creek, which has House creator David Shore working on the day-to-day series. "I don't need to compare the next project to the last project, even if others do,” he says. “Let 'em. Just move forward and make it as good as you can.”

For more from Gilligan, head to The Hollywood Reporter. And for our extensive Breaking Bad interviews click this link. You might also like our list of X-Files in-jokes scattered through the series.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

The Double LFF Screening Red Carpet
Jesse Eisenberg and Richard Ayoade attend
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

RE: Please add Huell (sp)
I have always loved Comedy and the Comedy Comic heroes Motu PAtlu they are my fav. The best i like is to watch the Hindi Videos]online More

Posted by shinning_like_me at 10:50 on 22 October 2013 | Report This Post

Please add Huell (sp)
He was such great comic relief. -and in its past, wouldn't the current kingpin be Gus? Can't wait! More

Posted by miaminovelwriter at 12:22 on 17 October 2013 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Gone Girl Review
Our official verdict on David Fincher's adaptation of the best-selling novel

The Future Of Film: The Streaming Services Will Be Major Studios
(Or how Hollywood will have to start worrying about Netflix)

The Empire Podcast #129: Liam Neeson Interview
Plus Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Jessica Brown Findlay drop by to talk The Riot Club

The Future Of Film: We'll Be Watching Films In Virtual Reality
Immerse cinema aims to become the must-have experience for the filmgoers of the future

The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)