‘Sons of Anarchy’s Mayan Spinoff Won’t Be A Prequel, Could Crossover With SAMCROKevin Fitzpatrick |
Now that Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has his hands full with FX’s Bastard Executioner, fans were surprised to learn that the motorcycle outlaw drama might have more life in it after all, as FX charters a Mayan-centric spinoff. Now, Sutter himself confirms that the possible spinoff wouldn’t function as a prequel, and could feature returning Anarchy characters.
We’ve heard in the past that Sutter has given consideration to a Sons of Anarchy prequel chronicling the formation of the SAMCRO charter’s First 9 (a prospect still in play, he says), though Sutter recently spoke to Deadline, clarifying a few bits about the Mayan MC project. For one, the series would take place in the present day, potentially allowing for crossover between the two series (or Anarchy’s surviving characters, anyway), but removed enough to tell its own story:
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.
Notably, while Sutter’s Bastard Executioner duties would prevent him from running point anyway, the creator expressed the intend to find creative voices well-versed enough in Spanish culture to properly portray the Mayan world:
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.
However complicated Sons of Anarchy might have grown by its final ride, it might be of interest to explore another avenue of the outlaw biker lifestyle, particularly in a different culture. Should FX move forward with the project? What Anarchy characters might be best-suited for a crossover?