Nine months after Sons of Anarchy reached the end of the road and its seven-season run, creator Kurt Sutter has revealed that he is currently developing a spin-off series based on the motorcycle-gang drama. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sutter said that the new series would revolve around the Mayans Motorcycle Club, a rival gang from the original series.
In Sons of Anarchy, the Oakland, California-based, heroin-peddling Mayans were adversaries of the SAMCRO crew. However, as the series developed, a business relationship spawned between the two gangs. Sutter wouldn’t offer up any details regarding when the spin-off would take place or if Anarchy actors would reprise their roles. Incidentally, actor Emilio Rivera, who played Mayans leader Marcus Alvarez, also appeared as a drug kingpin on The Shield, another drama Sutter worked on that is now considered to be within the same universe as Sons of Anarchy.
The Mayans series joins Sutter’s other new television venture The Bastard Executioner, a 14th century-based drama that will premiere on FX on September 15th.
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Since the end of Sons of Anarchy, Sutter has kept himself busy, developing the Mayans spinoff creating, producing and acting in The Bastard Executioner and writing the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing film Southpaw. “When I’m not writing, I don’t quite know who I am,” Sutter told Rolling Stone in 2014. “I’m lost a little bit. It’s like, what am I? Who am I? What am I doing? I don’t do well. Idle hands and all. I’m a little bit fucked up. But it’s part of my charm.”
Sons of Anarchy becomes the latest critically acclaimed and fan-beloved drama to receive an unexpected spinoff after its series finale: In 2014, the Breaking Bad universe was revived thanks to the prequel series Better Call Saul. The show proved to be more than just a ratings grab as the Bob Odenkirk-starring spin-off received a Outstanding Drama Series Emmy nomination for its first season.