"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan says we can hopefully see Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul's characters making cameos in AMC's upcoming spin-off series "Better Call Saul".
At last report, the prequel was going to be a half-hour comedy format which Gilligan and Peter Gould (who created the Saul character) are developing.
Gilligan now says he and Gould have decided to expand the show into an hourlong format. They will also stick to Albuquerque and maintain the visual look of "Breaking Bad". He tells THR:
"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 there will be a central dramatic throughline to sustain the premise, the series will be much more comedic in tone than 'Bad'. Gilligan will direct the pilot himself and plans to be in the writer's room full time for at least the first season.
Both Cranston and Paul have expressed interest in reprising their Walter White and Jesse Pinkman roles, albeit the earlier, far less messed up versions than we saw in 'Bad'. Gilligan says:
"Personally, I’d have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then."
The series is currently targeting a third-quarter 2014 premiere.