This news will surely rev your engine! Kurt Sutter, mastermind behind the motorcycle drama “Sons of Anarchy,” which concluded in 2014 after a successful seven season run, is ready to climb back on the bike for a “SoA” spinoff.
Entertainment Weekly broke the exciting news in August, revealing that the showrunner, who is currently working on his latest project, “The Bastard Executioner,” was in the “preliminary stages” of developing a new show based on the the Mayans, a Mexican motorcycle gang from North California.
“The Mayan thing happened as I was talking to Eric Schrier, one of the FX executives I’ve known since ‘The Shield,’” Sutter explained how the Mayan spinoff came about during an interview with Deadline. “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.”
The 55-year-old New Jersey native went on to explain what he has up his leather sleeve for the anticipated spinoff.
“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,” he said, before explaining his reasoning behind the decision. “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.”
But just because Sutter doesn’t want to step on SAMCROs toes doesn’t mean fans shouldn’t expect members of the Redwood Originals to make cameo appearances throughout the spinoff’s storyline.
“It doesn’t mean that there couldn’t be some cool, ironic crossovers with familiar characters as the series progressed,” he teased, giving us hope that we could reunite with the surviving brothers or other beloved characters from "SoA" in the future.
So, what’s the next step for Sutter? Well, the gore-loving showrunner dished that he’s currently in the process of meeting writers who could bring the spinoff to life.
“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,” he explained, adding that when he gets a break from “The Bastard Executioner,” which will air its series premiere on Sept. 15, he’ll “ initiate a script” for the Mayan pilot “and take it from there.”