When the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul was originally announced shortly after AMC's hit drama came to a close, many believed that it would be a half-hour sitcom based on Bob Odenkirk's lawyer Saul Goodman. That's not the case, though, as Odenkirk recently revealed in an interview with THR. The show will actually be a drama with comedic elements.
In fact, the star of this impending follow-up to one of the most beloved cult dramas of all-time says that you can expect very little comedy as it begins to set up its own storyline. Bob Odenkirk explains:
"It's total drama, man. It's 85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy."
Each hourlong episode of Better Call Saul is set in 2002, with a timeframe that will skip around to before and after the events seen in Breaking Bad. When the show was initially conceived, it was as a half-hour sitcom, something that changed as Peter Gould and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan began to write the pilot.
In terms of just how much comedy will make it into the final cut, Bob Odenkirk is guessing by only what he has shot thus far. Even though he began filming this past summer, he has not seen any of the footage. And he doesn't plan to anytime soon.
"I haven't seen a frame of it. I really don't want to know what's coming later and I don't look back at what came before. I think it's a perfectly good way to approach acting to not know what the f- is going on."
Bob Odenkirk also talked about going from a secondary character to the show's lead, which allows him to make decisions as the main character that will effect other aspects of the show.
"That doesn't happen so much with secondary characters because they don't need to have that depth. One of the cool things about playing Saul now is that I get to have those moments. I've certainly gotten a chance to dig deep in Better Call Saul."
Better Call Saul comes to AMC early next year and has already been renewed for a second season.