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"Saul" Spin-Off Series Is NOT "Breaking Bad"

By Garth Franklin Monday November 4th 2013 10:33AM

While "Breaking Bad" may be over, the spin-off series "Better Call Saul" is in the works. Recent reports made it sound like the show was going to be more akin to the original than we first thought.

Much of the same crew is back, the same locations are being utilised, and it will keep the same visual style. Even creator Vince Gilligan is staying onboard in the first season in the same writing and producing roles he held on "Breaking Bad".

Despite this, the show's star Bob Odenkirk says the show will be a different, fresh and more comedic experience. He tells Screen Rant:

"Here’s what I told Vince and Peter – Pete Gould is also writing that show –we’re gonna make it fresh. It’s not gonna be Breaking Bad 2.0 or whatever.

It’s a different show and it’s gonna have a different energy and we’re not gonna try to just extend Breaking Bad. That can’t be done. That show is great, it’s done, it’s all wrapped up and delivered, and now we’re gonna do something fresh and new with a character that is rich and funny, and everyone’s excited about it.

And we wanna make sure the audience sees right away that it’s not a continuation of Breaking Bad, but rather its own thing that hopefully is gonna be entertaining on its own terms."

Set before events in "Breaking Bad," the timing allows for the various characters from the series to make appearances. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have previously expressed interest in returning, and Gilligan himself says he could definitely see a case for Mike (Jonathan Banks) being an important part of this spin-off.

Odenkirk also says his main aim for the character in the spin-off is to show some layers that we didn't get time to see in "Breaking Bad":

"I said I wanna have a little more sympathy for this guy. I wanna understand maybe how he’s a human being and not just a hungry hippo trying to get all the money."

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