Bob Odenkirk is opening the door for fans to know the actor behind the Emmy-winning role on Better Call Saul in a book of personal essays.
Random House has acquired the collection, which will be a comic exploration of Odenkirk’s life and career. Comprised of personal essays, the book will take the reader on a journey of the actor’s beginnings in improv to a Golden Globe nominated performer. “A comic ‘bildungsroman’, if you will – defined by Webster’s Dictionary as ‘a novel about the moral and psychological growth of the main character,’” said Odenkirk in a release. “Except, this will be more memoir and the main character, Bob Odenkirk (actor, writer, comedian, gadabout), doesn’t grow morally or psychologically.”
While the actor has been working in sketch and improv since his early days at Chicago’s Second City, he began his journey in the industry through writing and acting for Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Mr. Show. He originated the role of Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad.
The untitled project will allow a look in the past to Odenkirk’s early career, with multiple guest starring roles, including Everybody Loves Raymond, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Futurama. “I’ve been a fan of Bob’s since he ‘shook the crime stick’ on Mr. Show, and it’s been remarkably satisfying to watch him break through as JimmyMcGill/Saul Goodman,” said Random House Executive Editor Ben Greenberg in a statement. “This book will give Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fans who might not know Bob’s past life a look at the remarkable writer and comedic mind hiding just beneath the character.”