Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter visited San Diego Comic-Con this weekend to promote his new comic book Lucas Stand. And while he kept the focus on his brand-new comic, there have been enough tidbits over the past months, mostly through Kurt Sutter's official Twitter account, to piece together some information on how both Sons Of Anarchy spin-offs are shaping up.
Sutter is currently "In Development" on two projects. One has been officially titled Mayans MC and is, of course, focused on a storyline of the Mayans Motorcycle Club that served as the notorious rivals of the Sons Of Anarchy MC: Redwood Original (SAMCRO) The other is a prequel origin story of SAMCRO rumored to be titled The First 9. Even the two spin-offs seem to be pitting SAMCRO against the Mayans. Here is what we know about them so far:
We know that this project has officially received an initial 10 episode order from FX Networks. Sutter has tabbed Elgin James to co-produce the project and to write the pilot episode. Sutter had this to say about James:
"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."
Sutter went on to say that the project will 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."
On June 28th, 2016 Kurt Sutter tweeted a picture of El Presidente Marcus Alvarez, indicating that he may be returning, though that isn't official.
What we don't know is whether or not Charles Hunnam will be reprising his role as Jackson (Jax) Teller in the Mayans MC. The timeframe seems that it would allow it, but there has been nothing official, and Sutter recently had to come out publicly and quell rumors of an ongoing feud between himself and Hunnam.
Whether Hunnam reprises his role or not, SoA fans are sure to be excited about the Mayans MC.
The First 9
While details on this project are more sparse, Sutter has given a good indication of what he plans for the SoA origin story. In an interview with People, Sutter said:
"I've had discussions with the network about it, and I think they are open to it. I think there is something really interesting about the origins of the club. And to do a period piece set in the '60s, post-Vietnam could be kind of cool. I don't think we would dovetail and start right after the series ended, but it's something I'm potentially excited about it."
Interesting about this, is a lost scene that presumably was in the original pilot episode of Sons Of Anarchy. An online draft of the pilot script opened with the following scene:
Circa 1966: John Teller, 25, tall, strong, long hair, climbs on a Harley. Strapped to the bike is a bedroll, backpack, life stuff. He gives an uncomfortable nod to the camera. Fires up the bike. As he rides away we see the back of his sleeveless leather jacket, blue letters on a white background — upper rocker reads: Sons of Anarchy, lower rocker reads: Redwood. In the center, the logo Anarchist skull, with two M-16 Crossbones.
Clay Morrow, 21, Piney Winston, 32, six other bikers, same hippy-vibe, same jacket, follow in line. A few of them, clearly stoned. The original nine. They disappear down the highway. The history begins —
This seems to go well with the description of the show he gave to People, and would give us an interesting Easy Rider type show, that focuses on Vietnam vets returning home to a society that doesn't care about them, and finding brotherhood within the club.
There is still no official word on this project but fans of the show are sure be interested in seeing what exactly happened to make a hippy club become as badass as the SAMCRO club they have come to love.