For those of you displeased about living in a world with no more new episodes of ‘Sons of Anarchy‘ in it, you can start breathing a wee bit easier.
The SAMCRO saga last hit screens back in December of 2014, but show creator Kurt Sutter has always been vocal about extending the life of the show’s universe beyond the run of the original series.
Though initially Sutter had pondered the idea of a prequel series, set in a post-Vietnam world in the late 60s, likely centring around the nine original and founding members of the club, it would appear that a spinoff is now the most likely option, with a pilot focusing on SAMCRO’s direct rivals now confirmed to be in the works.
The proposed new series will take a similar tone to the OG, but instead of focusing on the Sons of Anarchy, it will revolve around the Latino Mayans gang instead.
‘Mayans MC‘ will apparently be a “dark, visceral family drama that takes a new look at the most American of icons, the 1% outlaw, this time reflected through a Latino lens.”
And for the spinoff series, Sutter will be taking something of a backseat in terms of the actual writing of the show, instead handing over the reigns to Elgin James, who will handle the script for the show’s pilot.
Sutter explained his move thusly:
“I wanted to find 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.”
Elgin James, for those of you with even a mild passing interest in 90s-era Boston Hardcore, is *that* Elgin James of the somewhat infamous FSU organisation; a group classified as a “street gang” by the FBI, and one founded by James as an anti-racist group formed in the late 80s with the express purpose of attacking, beating, and forcing white supremacists, drug dealers, Neo-Nazi skinheads, and other racist or morally-repugnant sub-groups out of the Boston-area punk and hardcore scene.
James, under his FSU banner, was also arrested and sentenced to a year in prison back in 2011 for attempting to extort $50,000 from Tony Lovato, the frontman of the pop-punk band Mest, who was the target of several FSU beatings.
While all this was happening, James made a career pivot turned his attentions to filmmaking, releasing his debut feature film ‘Little Birds‘ in 2012 to critical acclaim, subsequently landing his name on Variety‘s 2010 Directors to Watch list, alongside names like Richard Ayoade and Denis Villeneueve. The more you bloody well know.
The pilot script for Mayans MC is reportedly in development, with original Sons network FX on board to develop it.