Vince Gilligan signs on to oversee final episodes

“Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan has re-upped his overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, keeping him at the helm for the AMC series until its finale.

Though Sony and AMC agreed to 16 more episodes of the series back in August, Gilligan’s deal was not completed at the same time. Regardless, he has been in the writers’ room to oversee outlines for “Bad” storylines in good faith that he’d reach a new deal with the studio to continue with the series.

But with the start of production on the final episodes scheduled to begin in March, it became imperative to have Gilligan signed away. He will get an unspecified number of points on the back end of the series, and should he elect to develop any new programming, Sony would have it exclusively.

What took the deal — financial terms were not disclosed — this long to come together may have only been a matter of Gilligan making sure he could bring back the people behind the camera who he wanted in preparation to see “Bad” through to its finish.

Gilligan’s last deal with Sony was inked in April 2009, when the studio picked up “Bad” for a third season. Though the former “X Files” executive producer is scheduled to begin production next month, it’s unclear when “Bad” will return to the air or whether the final 16 will be split into a fifth and sixth season.

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