As details slowly but surely trickle down to an eager viewing public, while still residing amid much uncertainly and possibility, the potential for the ‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off ‘Better Call Saul’ seems limitless, especially with the latest drop.
During a recent interview with Details Magazine, Aaron Paul, while spending time promoting his forthcoming action-thriller ‘Need for Speed,’ chatted of course about his fabled series. In the discussion, he says that both he and Bryan Cranston are interested in the spin-off.
"Both Bryan and I want to be a part of that," says the man who played the beloved and plagued Jesse Pinkman across five years and 62 episodes. "If they'll have us."
It’s a small quote at the end of a long feature that also discusses Paul’s future work on Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus,’ his go-karting abilities, and his audition for the series. In the story, he also adds, "I don't think I'm ready to move on yet," from the Vince Gilligan-created and award-winning series.
‘Better Call Saul’ looks poised to be a prequel, because, after all, Saul isn’t quite Saul at the end of ‘Breaking Bad.’ Jesse, as we know, drives off into the moonlight (a funny ending seeing how the next time we see him he’ll be racing a car on the big screen), but Paul had other ideas, as he mentions in the interview.
“I just felt like I would always regret it if I didn't at least throw them a pitch on how I wanted Jesse to go out. So I gave a few different ideas of how I thought he would kill himself. I didn't want anybody else taking his life,” said Paul, who had never previously offered ideas. "The letter was awful. It was very morbid, and I'm so happy they didn't listen.”
Earlier this month, Vince Gilligan told Entertainment Weekly that some ‘Saul’ could take place in the same timeline as ‘Breaking Bad,’ and that Jonathan Banks’ character Mike Erhmantraut might show up as well.
Some other familiar characters could appear as well, and Gilligan would be more than excited to welcome back Paul or Cranston. Back in October, Villigan mused: “Personally, I'd have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then.”
Production begins later this year, but there are sure to be plenty more hints and teases along the way, and it’s hard to believe that we won’t at least once find our fated antiheroes spring up in the background somewhere along the way.