‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff Won’t Be What Fans Were Expecting
The Sons of Anarchy spinoff is moving forward slowly but surely. Several months after FX confirmed the project, series creator Kurt Sutter has expressed that the new show — again set in the Northern California motorcycle club scene — is one step closer to happening.
“Mayans MC spinoff just got one step closer. I’m very excited about this story. Dark and beautiful.
#MayansMC,” Sutter tweeted.
So far, details on the project are scarce. According to Entertainment Weekly, the developing series will focus on the Mayans, the Oakland-based Hispanic gang that had a rocky relationship with SAMCRO during the original show’s seven seasons. In the flagship series, the Mayans are led by Marcuz Alvarez and are involved with heroin factories and prostitution, so the spinoff will likely involve plenty more criminal businesses.
No other specific about the project have been revealed just yet. The network hasn’t even confirmed if the new series will take place before the events of the original show or at some other point in the gang’s story. Still, it will likely come as good news to fans, who have been eagerly awaiting to learn whether there’ll see more of the Sons of Anarchy universe.
For viewers, a project like this one has been a long time coming. Rumors of a potential SOA prequel have been circulating since 2013, when Sutter revealed that he had pitched a show focusing on the First 9 members of the charter to FX. Speculation started up again last July, when fans asked about the possibility of a prequel at Comic-Con. At the time, Sutter revealed that he was still discussing the concept with the network, but insisted that any such series would not be considered a spinoff. “We are having serious conversations about our prequel,” Sutter explained at the time. “I think spinoffs work well on procedural dramas, which [Sons] clearly is not.”
It’s unclear if the newly announced series focusing on the Mayans is happening instead of the First 9 project that Sutter initially discussed or if that project is still on the table for some point later on. And while it’s still unknown if the series will be a prequel, as expected, or not, we do know that Sutter will be involved in the as-yet-untitled project.
As previously reported, Sutter will serve as an executive producer on the project. It’s unclear whether or not he will also serve as showrunner, now that his last project, the medieval drama The Bastard Executioner, been canceled. Either way, it’s clear that fans are thrilled to see the both he and the network are moving forward the project, given the hugely positive reaction on Twitter.
It should come as no surprise that FX has decided to pursue a new show within the Sons of Anarchy universe. Sons ranks as the most popular series in the network’s history, with its series finale last December garnering an impressive 9.2 million viewers. With staggering ratings like those and a rabid fanbase, it’s no wonder that Sutter (whose work on Sons helped solidify him as one of the most recognizable showrunners in TV) and FX would want to keep the franchise alive.
Whether the Mayans project will prove to be a worthy follow-up to the SOA legacy remains to be seen. In the meantime, fans are left speculating which SOA characters – other than Alvarez, who seems like a safe bet for the main character – will make it into the new series, should it get officially greenlit.