Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk has launched a new production company. The writer, actor, producer and director has set up Cal-Gold Pictures, which has already set up a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television. The deal will see Odenkirk potentially creating new content for the company, extending the scope of an already successful partnership.
Sony Pictures Television is behind both Breaking Bad and the highly-successful spin-off Better Call Saul, which Bob Odenkirk headlines as the crooked attorney Saul Goodman. With Cal-Gold Pictures, Odenkirk hopes to develop stories that are compelling and unique and feature dynamic characters and social relevance. No specific projects have been announced yet. Odenkirk had this to say about it in a statement.
"I started in this grand charade called showbizness as a writer, it's my default mode, so whenever I'm not onscreen you will find me in 'development hell'... it's wonderful to finally have partners as good-natured and experienced as Sony and Ian to share hell with."
Bob Odenkirk has partnered with Ian Friedman for the new venture. Friedman previously served as vice president of talent and development at Comedy Central. Friedman worked on shows such as Drunk History and Corporate during his tenure with the network. Friedman had this to say about working with Bob Odenkirk in a statement.
"I'm incredibly excited to work alongside Bob in this endeavor. I have been a massive fan of his for over 20 years. Having the opportunity to develop ideas together and bringing these concepts to fruition is a dream come true."
Dating back to the early 90s when he was writing on projects like The Dennis Miller Show and Saturday Night Live, Bob Odenkirk has amassed a series of impressive credits over the course of his career, which has spanned nearly four decades. Some of his other noteworthy projects include Mr. Show, The Ben Stiller Show and The Birthday Boys. Odenkirk has also directed movies such as The Brothers Solomon and Let's Go to Prison. Sony Pictures Television president Jeff Frost had this to say in a statement.
"We are so thrilled to be partnering with Bob, Ian and Cal-Gold in creating ingenious and imaginative projects that have defined Bob's illustrious career. We know this team will take creativity to new heights and we are so honored to be on this journey with them."
AMC is currently airing Better Call Saul season 5. Throughout its run, the show has been nominated for 23 Emmy Awards. The series has been renewed for a sixth and final season. That will free up Bob Odenkirk to focus on new projects. This deal with Sony, coupled with the production company, will certainly help provide a platform. Outside of his small-screen work, Odenkirk is set to star in a new action/thriller titled Nobody, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters next year. This news was previously reported by Variety.