The recently confirmed "Sons of Anarchy" spinoff won't be a prequel to FX's hit motorcycle drama, although creator Kurt Sutter still hopes to write one. Instead, he reveals the series will be a contemporary story about the Oakland-based Mayans Motorcycle Club that could feature some familiar characters.
"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," Sutter tells Deadline. "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," he continues. "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 [for 'The Bastard Executioner'] I’ll initiate a script for the pilot and take it from there."
Despite being announced last month, the series is clearly in the very early stages of development. Still, it's enough to excite longtime "SOA" fans. "It’s a fun way to dip my toe in that world without risking anything," Sutter adds. "If it doesn’t work, I don’t feel like I’ve shit on what I’ve already created. If it does work, it exists on its own because it would be a very different show. The world elements would be similar but the subculture and the influence of Spanish culture creates a different energy. "