Kurt Sutter and His Motorcycle Dramas

SEPT 11, 2015 - Will he or won’t he? This is the question being asked by Sons of Anarchy fans around the world as its creator teases with titbits of thoughts and ideas of a possible follow-up during a press tour promoting his current show, ‘The Bastard Executioner’.

We are of course referring to Kurt Sutter who brought the world of motorcycle gangs to cable television with the incredible FX hit, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ (SOA). Following the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's Central Valley, the show centered on protagonist Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam).

Starting the show as the vice president of the club, the drama kicked in as Teller begins questioning the club and himself. The motorcycle center of the series was SAMCRO, Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original.

What may have started as a question mark in the minds of many FX executives soon came to dominate cable television. The series' third season attracted an average of 4.9 million viewers per week, making it FX's highest rated series ever, with the premieres of season’s 4 and 5 becoming the two highest-rated telecasts in FX's history. The seventh and final season of the series premiered on September 9, 2014.

FX's Sons of Anarchy - Thank you

With this degree of success, the media rumor mill of prequels and sequels go into high gear every time Sutter comes close to uttering anything related to the hard-hitting motorcycle drama. And he has certainly been uttering.

As rumor after rumor make instant headline news, for SOA fans at least, it’s hard to imagine only nine months have passed since the last episode of Sons of Anarchy was aired on television.

To truly understand the life of these rumors one should go back to where they started, back to November 2013 when, at the height of its popularity Sutter indicated he was in talks with FX to make a Sons of Anarchy prequel set in the 1960s.  Fast forward to February 2015 and the rumors begin to indicate while the prequel will stay in the sixties it may or may not necessarily including SAMCRO.

“[I] didn’t want to come right off of that [Sons of Anarchy] and do a prequel or anything like that,“ Sutter told E! in an interview in February, “I wanted to give it a couple years to breathe before we came back to do it.”

Kurt Sutter's latest creative focus - FX's The Bastard Executioner

However, during the more recent press tour for his latest series, ‘The Bastard Executioner’ Sutter has captivated reporters with his thinking around any Sons of Anarchy related shows. Now his thoughts and discussions set the storyline so far from Northern California it avoids stepping on the Sons of Anarchy mythology that’s already been told.

Likely focus on the Mayans motorcycle club, the prequel would have nothing to do with SAMCRO and some reports refer the title possibly being ‘The First 9’. Although it may include characters from the original show, the prequel would feature a contemporary story about the Mayans motorcycle club.

“It’s the same [biker] subculture, but it’d be interesting to see the influences of [Hispanic] culture and how they impact the subculture we already understand,” Sutter said in interviews, “We’re figuring out what that would look like and I’m in the process of meeting with writers and narrowing it down”.

If this isn’t enough to blow the minds of SOA fans, Sutter has enjoyed sharing other thoughts and creative possibilities such as a true ‘Sons of Anarchy’ prequel. If this sound familiar, it’s because it was the prequel discussion originally had in 2013. Focusing on the father of Sons of Anarchy main character Jackson "Jax" Teller and the creation of the now famous motorcycle club. The series would follow Teller meeting a younger Piney during the Vietnam War, their subsequent return home, and said above, the eventual formation of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original.

If the minds of fans need even more spinning, could this be the show that would take the tile of ‘The First 9’? If so, what would Sutter call the series about the Mayan Motorcycle Club?

Mental explosions everywhere.

As exciting as all these rumors are, the hard reality of when viewers could see anything related to Sons of Anarchy, regardless of which rumors are to believed, are years away. The date of anything even being worked on has been put out to 2017.

Again, going back to the interview Sutter gave to E! in February, “We’ll see how the next couple of years or, at least, the next year with [The Bastard Executioner] unfolds, and then we’ll have to see.”

It may be time for some Sons of Anarchy binge-watching.

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