Better Call Saul coming back to New Mexico
After a successful freshman season Better Call Saul is coming back to Albuquerque New Mexico, to film its second series.
The Sony Pictures production - which follows lawyer Saul Goodman before he famously becomes Walter White’s attorney in Breaking Bad - has aided in keeping tourism numbers up in the city after the demise of the Bryan Cranston-led series in 2013.
A major reason Better Call Saul is planning to return to the Land of Enchantment is because of the high tax credits offered for TV series’ there. The incentive not only encourages the production to use New Mexican services and goods (the show employs 75-90 people from the state), it also increases depending on qualifying circumstances; the bill for this – introduced in 2013 and ironically called the Breaking Bad bill - applies to a TV series of six or more episodes, giving the project a possible extra 5% on its already 25% incentive.
Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico Film Office, said on the return of the show: “We welcome this incredible production team back for a second season. They have proven to be excellent partners with the city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico.”
Bringing the show back to the city and the state pays especially high dividends as each episode, which takes eight days to shoot, brings in a direct local spending of $1m.
Filming on the second series has just begun and is expected to last all summer.