“Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan will soon be creating even more shows for Sony Pictures Television. After courting offers from companies like Warner Bros., it’s being reported that Gilligan took an eight-figure multi-year deal to create new shows at Sony TV.
The Hollywood Reporter says that it’s unlikely that Gilligan will create as many projects as producers like J.J. Abrams and Greg Berlanti — and that Sony won’t expect him to. He is slated to direct the pilot of “Better Call Saul” and be “intimately involved in the writing process” of the show’s first season.
So what does this mean for his CBS series “Battle Creek”? THR claims he will be “significantly less involved” in the project, though he has said he wants to direct that pilot as well.
This means that Gilligan will have freedom when it comes to working on a feature film, which he has expressed interest in. He previously wrote “Home Fries” and co-wrote “Hancock,” but has never directed a movie yet.
“With Vince, you forget you’re working and just become a fan. His stories are captivating, his energy is electric, and his friendship is appreciated. We’ve had such success together, and can’t wait for all the great things to come,” Sony TV’s programming president Zack VanAmburg says in a statement.
Fellow Sony TV programming president Jamie Erlicht adds, “Vince is an incredible writer and partner, and he shares our vision for the business and for the kinds of projects we’re passionate about. There wasn’t a world where we weren’t making this deal.”
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