FX Takes ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Spin-Off ‘Mayans MC’ To Pilot

By December 1, 2016
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AMC has had a lot of success with spin-offs in recent years like Fear the Walking Dead (from The Walking Dead) and Better Call Saul (from Breaking Bad).

Now FX looks to get a piece of that as it orders a pilot that could lead to a spin-off of its most popular series ever, Sons of Anarchy.

sons-inset120116The new series, if picked up, would be called Mayans MC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It takes place after the events of Sons, which ended its run nearly two years ago. It will move the story out of northern California and instead go south right to the state’s border with Mexico.

Sons creator Kurt Sutter will co-write the pilot with Elgin James, and up-and-coming writer and director behind the 2011 independent project Little Birds. The two will focus on the Mayans, a rival biker club that played a major role over the seven seasons of Sons.

Mayans MC is set in a post Jax Teller world, where EZ Reyes – a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the Cali-Mexi border, struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel and his need for respect from the women he loves.

No casting announcements have been made, and it’s not clear if any Sons characters will cameo in the pilot.

Sons debuted on FX in 2008 starring Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller, the vice president of an outlaw motorcycle club who starts questioning not only the organization, but himself. Also starring Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior and Kim Coates, the series was often overlooked during awards season, earning just five Emmy nominations through its entire run, almost entirely in technical categories.

Sutter told the trade publication he’s been developing the idea since last year, but wouldn’t move too far on it until he was able to bring in a “strong, unique Latino voice.”

“Because I didn’t think a white guy from Jersey should be writing about Latin culture and traditions. Elgin is that voice.”

Once a pilot is shot, FX will consider whether or not to move forward with a series, a decision that could be made as early as this coming spring.

Sutter has been mostly quiet since the end of Sons, although he made news last year when he personally pulled the plug on his FX series The Bastard Executioner citing a small audience: “I don’t want to write something that nobody’s (expletive) watching.”

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