Better Call Saul filming third series in New Mexico
A third series of Sony Television’s drama Better Call Saul has started filming on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The show is a prequel to the critically-lauded crime drama Breaking Bad and follows lawyer Jimmy McGill as he gradually edges towards his corrupt Saul Goodman identity.
“It’s so great to have this incredible production team back for a third season of Better Call Saul,” said Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico Film Office.
“Sony has proven to be an excellent partner with the city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico.”
New Mexico offers a 25% filming incentive for features, but this figure rises to 30% for TV shoots, which is a direct result of the international success of Breaking Bad.
In the last few days the state announced it will also be doubling for 19th century Greece in the feature film Cliffs of Freedom, while the large-scale Netflix series Godless – set in the 1880s – started filming last month in Santa Fe.
New Mexico is the most popular part of the US for desert filming locations and its incentive support programme is the most generous of its type for feature films in the American south-west.
California is starting to boost its competitiveness in the region. The Golden State’s filming tax credit prioritises TV shoots but Sacramento has recently awarded large incentive payments to the big-budget features A Wrinkle in Time and A Star is Born.
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