|Source: Cinema Blend|
AMC have this week announced the first details on the ongoing narrative of the first season of their upcoming TV drama Better Call Saul. A spin-off from the hit series Breaking Bad, the programme will take place before the events of the original show, but with the lingering possibility that its narrative will move within and beyond Breaking's timeline as well.
Fresh from the Television Critics Association's 2014 festival, here's a round-up of executive producers Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan comments regarding Better Call Saul (and the official plot synopsis):
- GOULD & GILLIGAN ON SAUL'S TIMELINE - "Without getting in trouble or giving anything away...You saw that we like non-linear storytelling on Breaking Bad. Anything that was possible on Breaking Bad is possible on Better Call Saul."
- ON SAUL GOODMAN'S APPEAL AS A CHARACTER - "Saul moved the Breaking Bad universe two degrees to the left. At first [the producers were] worried that he wouldn't quite fit, but lo and behold this puzzle piece of Saul Goodman fit and made the drama more dramatic and the comedy more comedy-esque. Initially, he was introduced to solve a story problem, but it was so much fun to write a character who was slippery and loquacious. As the series went on, Walter got deeper and heavier, so we had another character skidding over the top of the waves and that seemed to work."
- ON CAMEOS FROM BREAKING BAD CHARACTERS - "Sure, these are all characters we love and there's always that possibility. We want to make something that stands on its own, though. This is not the series equivalent of a clip show."
- ON A POTENTIAL CAMEO FROM WALTER WHITE - "First and foremost [the producers would love to have him aboard] because he's a wonderful person. [Bryan Cranston]'s also a great director. Maybe there is a way to make it work..."
- ON THE INEVITABILITY OF SAUL'S BREAKING BAD FATE - "There are limitations [to the show's creative scope as a result of us knowing what later happens to Saul]. We can't have [Saul] lose an arm in Episode 1. It reminds [the producers] of [Breaking Bad] Season Five and the machine gun in the trunk - we knew that was the right image, but we had no idea how we were going to get there."
- ON SEASON ONE'S DELAYED PREMIÈRE - "I [Gould] take full responsibility for that. We could have made the deadline, but I am slow as mud as a TV writer. It was my worry when I joined The X-Files because I'd been a feature film writer. We had a pace on Breaking Bad that was deliciously stately and it was nothing that the network wanted, but we have a way of doing things that is slower than most TV shows and we think that pays dividends. When people said that Breaking Bad felt tightly woven, the largest factor for that being the case is that thanks to Sony we had the time to see things through. We could have made [Saul's original Autumn 2014] première date, but we didn't know that the story would work through Season 2 if we did that. We only knew the one way to do it, and that's the reason Breaking Bad's final season was broken up into two. We didn't elongate artificially, it was just the time that we needed."
- OFFICIAL SEASON ONE PLOT SYNOPSIS - "The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is "fixer" Mike Ehrmantraut, a beloved character introduced in Breaking Bad. The series will track Jimmy's transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts "criminal" in "Criminal Lawyer". The series' tone is dramatic, woven with dark humour."
Better Call Saul will première with its visceral first season on AMC in Spring 2015.