Earlier this week Vince Gilligan added Emmy-winner to his increasingly illustrious list of accolades and acclaim, so it's no wonder one of Hollywood's hottest commodities has been snapped up for another new series.
The Breaking Bad creator will work alongside House showrunner David Shore on the development of a series he originally wrote for CBS back in 2002. Battle Creek – which will now debut on the network next autumn – is a police drama centering on a new double act. Two cops, one cynical and one naive, will team together to "clean up the semi-mean streets" of Battle Creek, Michigan. But they find themselves in competition with an FBI agent who's facade as the perfect crime fighter is far from the truth...
Ten years ago, long before Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul stepped into Walter White and Jesse Pinkman's shoes, CBS decided against green-lighting the show. Gilligan will now write an updated version with Shore who will act as showrunner for Battle Creek's initial 13-episode run.
Sony's president of programming Zack Van Amburg has spoken out about his new commission with Gilligan, who is rumoured to be negotiating another exclusive contract with the studio. "In the Hollywood development community, Vince is the hottest name in the business," said Van Amburg. "If I went somewhere with the phone book with Vince's name on it, I could sell it."
Riding an enormous wave of hype, Breaking Bad reaches its conclusion in America this Sunday 29 September, available to international fans via Netflix the following day. But Gilligan looks in no mood to put his feet up, with a Saul Goodman spin-off series already confirmed earlier this month.