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‘Better Call Saul’ to start filming in ABQ


Got a problem? Better Call Saul.

Saul Goodman — the slimy lawyer from “Breaking Bad” played by Bob Odenkirk — is coming back to Albuquerque with his own series.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, “Better Call Saul” will begin production in June in and around the Duke City. The production will employ at least 75 to 90 New Mexico crew members and it will be housed at Albuquerque Studios out in Mesa del Sol.

“We welcome this incredible production team back to the state,” said Nick Maniatis, Film Office director. “They have proven to be excellent partners with the city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico.”

According to Sony Pictures Television, the series is based on “Breaking Bad’s” character Saul Goodman. The plans are for “Saul” to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Goodman character before he became Walter White’s lawyer.

“Given the tremendous acclaim associated with Vince Gilligan’s productions, we are thrilled to learn that ‘Better Call Saul’ will be filmed in Albuquerque,” said Mayor Richard Berry. “We enthusiastically welcome back Sony and AMC and are proud to add this production to the long list of creative and original shows filmed in our city.”

“Breaking Bad” creator Gilligan will be producer, but writer and producer Peter Gould will run the effort.

Already cast in the show are Johnathan Banks, who will reprise his role as Mike Ehrmantraut, and Micheal McKean, who will appear as Dr. Thurber.

Also joining the cast will be Patrick Fabian, Rhea Seehorn and Michael Mando.

“Better Call Saul” is scheduled to premiere in November on AMC.