A new Sons of Anarchy TV series may be motoring to FX sooner than expected. At the TCA winter press tour, FX Networks CEO, John Landgraf, told journalists Kurt Sutter is working on a few ideas, including a follow-up to Sons of Anarchy. Sutter’s most recent show, The Bastard Executioner, was cancelled by FX after one season.
As for a potential Sons of Anarchy followup series, Landgraf said that creator Kurt Sutter, while taking a break after the end of Bastard Executioner, “has been writing and working on an idea for a show, and he’s also re-expressed interest in another show in the Sons of Anarcy [sic] franchise.” He would not provide specifics on the ideas but noted that “they’ll be coming soon.”
Sutter last fall shared with Deadline his intent to make a Vietnam-era SOA limited series prequel, and a separate Latino-oriented spinoff.
“One of the things I highly supported after he made a really aggressive transition from the seventh season of Sons to The Bastard Executioner, which is a really difficult show to mount in Wales, and so I highly recommended he take some time off and rest,” Landgraf said. “[But] he says he just cant not write. He’s been writing and that hes [sic] working on an idea for a show and hes [sic] also re-expressed interest in getting back in another show in the Sons of Anarchy franchise.”
Here are the Sons of Anarchy franchise ideas, from Deadline‘s September 2015 interview with Sutter:
DEADLINE: A moment on the Sons prequel. It seems an opportunity to capture an Easy Rider vibe with these returning disenfranchised Vietnam vets, but now the conversation is about the Mexican biker gang the Mayans, from Sons Of Anarchy. Beyond servicing a Sons fan base clearly not ready to let go, what else can you tell about vision and how much of this stuff is actually real?
SUTTER: At some point I do have plans to hopefully do the prequel, which I do see as a one-off 10- or 12-episode thing where we begin in Nam and see John Teller and Piney and see how that relationship got created, and bring them back to the States and the obvious external dynamics that were going on with the country and the perception of the war and what an odd kind of perception these vets got when they returned home. And then have it be the development of the club, ending before we start to get too close to some of the mythology that’s already been established.
DEADLINE: What about the Mayans club story line?
SUTTER: The Mayan thing happened as I was talking to Eric Schrier, one of the FX executives I’ve known since The Shield. We were talking about the idea of doing things for other markets, like the Spanish-speaking market. I casually said I’d be open to doing something with the Mayans. It’s the same [biker] subculture, but it’d be interesting to see the influences of that culture and how it impacts the subculture we already understand. I would do a contemporary piece, not a prequel, and place it far enough away from Northern California that it wouldn’t step on the mythology that’s already been told. It doesn’t mean that there couldn’t be some cool, ironic crossovers with familiar characters as the series progressed. I wouldn’t want to set it too close to the world we already know, and step on that. It would be cannibalizing what we worked very hard to create and I wouldn’t do anything to undermine. We’re figuring out what that would look like and I’m in the process of meeting with writers and narrowing it down. My intent is, over the hiatus I’ll initiate a script for the pilot and take it from there.
DEADLINE: Sons is a hard act to follow…
SUTTER: Yes, but this is cool because I love the genre and the subculture. It’s a fun way to dip my toe in that world without risking anything. If it doesn’t work, I don’t feel like I’ve shit on what I’ve already created. If it does work, it exists on its own because it would be a very different show. The world elements would be similar but the subculture and the influence of Spanish culture creates a different energy. Whoever I hire to write that show is going to know the culture. I wouldn’t necessarily even feel comfortable running a show like that, being a white guy from New Jersey. I really want to bring somebody I can guide with what I know, letting them put their life, family and cultural experience to add layers that I can’t provide.
What do you think? Were you a fan of the Sons of Anarchy TV show? What would you like to see in a prequel or sequel?