Sort of. FX knows you loved Sons of Anarchy. Though it wrapped to record ratings in 2014, there are signs of life. That life lies with the Mayans.
Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is being tapped by FX to develop a potential spinoff to the biker drama. Yeah, let’s go ahead and replace potential with definite. Sons of Anarchy gained viewership in each of its seven seasons. It still ranks as FX’s most-watched program.
The Mayans spinoff will happen. It’s just a question of when.
Before you start searching frantically to DVR the show, it’s still early. What we know is that it will focus on the Mayans Motorcycle Club. Fans will remember they played an integral role in the original, and it’s a logical choice for FX.
And who doesn’t love Emilio Rivera? He led the Oakland chapter of the Mayans, who were a rival California biker club in the heroin distribution center. As the show progressed, the Mayans in Oakland went from adversaries of SAMCRO to a quasi-working relationship.
The working relationship extended to both business partnerships and battles over turf.
Sutter and FX
With two consecutive crime-based dramas on FX – The Shield and Sons – Kurt Sutter was burned out with the genre. He’s helming the upcoming The Bastard Executioner in which he serves as a the creator, writer, producer, director and actor.
He’s a bit tied up considering his character in the medieval drama, a Dark Mute, has him in the makeup chair for three hours to get the prosthetics applied. Sutter took the dedication to his craft to a different level.
What does it mean for a Sons spinoff? FX is going to have to find someone to help carry the load. Sutter and his team, in conjunction with FX Productions, is looking to find a writer to help spearhead the spinoff.
The Bastard Executioner
The news is great for Sons of Anarchy fans, but you’ll need patience. The Bastard Executioner, a 14th century period drama about an executioner, is set to premiere on September 15.
Here’s the an extended trailer for the show:
Six episodes? Damn you FX for that small of an order. Don’t do that to me. If it continues Kurt Sutter’s run of fortune at FX, expect this one to earn additional seasons.
Here’s the synopsis from the network:
The Bastard Executioner is a blood-soaked, medieval epic that tells the story of Wilkin Brattle, a 14th century warrior, whose life is forever changed when a divine messenger beseeches him to lay down his sword and lead the life of another man: a journeyman executioner. Set in northern Wales during a time rife with rebellion and political upheaval, Wilkin must walk a tightrope between protecting his true identity while also serving a mysterious destiny.
Guided by Annora, a mystical healer whose seeming omniscience keeps Wilkin under her sway; manipulated by Milus Corbett, a devious Chamberlain with grand political aspirations; and driven by a deepening connection with the Baroness Lady Love, Wilkin struggles to navigate political, emotional and supernal pitfalls in his quest to understand his greater purpose.
It’s FX and Sutter. That’s all you needed to say for me to have my DVR locked and ready. Having it set in the 14th century is my history nerd bonus.
Tell me what you think in the comments below. Are you psyched for a Sons spinoff? What about The Bastard Executioner? A solid cast, the pedigree of Sutter and company, it’s period-based and on FX has me looking forward to September 15.