‘Better Call Saul’: The Formats, Framing and Film Noir Influences of the Series
The behind-the-scenes talent for ‘Better Call Saul’ is a ‘Breaking Bad’ redux.2/20/2015 1:00 PM Eastern
If you were a big fan of Breaking Bad—wasn’t everyone?—you’ll remember Walter White’s lawyer, Saul Goodman, whose mixture of sleaze, smarts and bravado made him one of that series’ unforgettable characters. When the idea of a prequel to Breaking Bad was conceived, the show’s creators settled on Saul (played by Bob Odenkirk) as the focus. Now, in Better Call Saul, we see the lawyer’s evolution from downtrodden public defender to advocate for Walter White and a motley crew of gangsters and lowlifes.
The behind-the-scenes talent for Better Call Saul is a Breaking Bad redux. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad writer Peter Gould—both known for their loyalty—brought over much of the crew. Better Call Saul is executive produced by Gilligan, Gould, Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, with Breaking Bad veterans Thomas Schnauz and Stewart A. Lyons as co-executive producers for Sony Pictures Television.
|Michael McKean as Chuck Thurber (in foreground) and Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman. Photo by Ben Leuner/AMC.|