Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad Spin-off, to Begin Filming in New Mexico Soon

February 24, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Filming for Better Call Saul, the spin-off of the popular AMC series Breaking Bad, is set to begin in Albuquerque, New Mexico soon.

Sources told KRQE that filming will begin in the late spring.

The new series will focus on Saul’s life before he became Walter White’s lawyer. Saul is played by Bob Odenkirk. 

The actor speculated on Talking Bad that Saul was one of the most popular characters on Breaking Bad because he was the program’s least hypocritical figure and is good at his job. 

The title for the series comes from the original Saul episode of Breaking Bad, in which Walt and Jesse hire Goodman after Badger is caught by the DEA. It also comes from the lawyer’s television commercials, in which the title is his tagline.

Vince Gilligan, the creator of both shows, told Deadline about what he had in mind: “I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law. He’ll settle on the courthouse steps, whatever it takes to stay out of the courtroom. That would be fun — I would like that.”

Jonathan Banks will also be returning, to reprise his role as Mike Ehrmantraut.

The series will debut in November of this year and hit Netflix in the U.S. and Canada sometime around Thanksgiving 2015. Netflix tried to nab the series altogether but AMC ultimately succeeded in preventing that.

Odenkirk told Screen Rant that the series will not be Breaking Bad 2.0. 

“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 Bad2.0 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.”

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