Last month, just a few weeks before the Breaking Bad series finale, AMC announced its plans for the spin-off series Better Call Saul, centering on Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman, before he ever met Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, who is co-creating the spin-off with Peter Gould, recently teased that he may bring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul back for cameo appearances.
"Personally, I'd have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then."
He also talked about how they plan on shifting the tone of the show to be 75% comedic and 25% dramatic, essentially the exact opposite of Breaking Bad. At the same time, while the show was originally crafted as a half-hour series, they now plan to keep the one-hour format.
"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 Vince Gilligan does recognize the danger in doing a spin-off, he revealed that he doesn't want to fully say goodbye to this world he created.
"There's obviously a danger inherent in doing a spinoff, but I just love the character of Saul Goodman [Bob Odenkirk] so much, and part of me doesn't want to say no to this world."
He also added that the writing staff is starting to come together, with Breaking Bad writing assistant Gordon Smith already on board. AMC's tentative plan is to get the show on the air sometime between next August and October. Vince Gilligan also revealed that he plans to be in the writer's room full-time during the first season, and that he is directing the pilot episode.
Vince Gilligan is also developing Battle Creek for CBS, which received a rare straight-to-series order last month. He originally wrote the pilot script 10 years ago, which CBS passed on at the time. House creator David Shore is on board to serve as showrunner, writer and producer, with Vince Gilligan adding that the project will quickly be known as David Shore's show once production begins.