For seven seasons, Sons of Anarchy proved itself to be a valuable asset to FX. The biker drama fostered an expansive fanbase that seemingly grew each year, allowing the show to go off the air to its highest ratings ever back in 2014.
With series star Charlie Hunnam’s film career kicking off (with upcoming projects like King Arthur: Knights of the Round Table and Pacific Rim 2) and the story coming to its natural conclusion, the time seemed right for Sons of Anarchy to finish its run. However, now it seems like fans might have the chance to revisit the show’s universe once again, at least in some form.
According to THR, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is currently developing a Sons of Anarchy spin-off that would focus on the Mayans Motorcycle Club. That group began as one of the main antagonists of the original show, though they ultimately formed a tenuous alliance with SAMCRO in later seasons. At this point, it’s unclear when the spin-off would take place in relation to the original show or if any Sons of Anarchy characters could make appearances.
The decision to return to the world of Sons of Anarchy is an interesting one for Sutter, considering he has voiced his hopes to try something outside the crime drama genre. His new FX show – The Bastard Executioner, premiering next month on FX – certainly fits the bill, as it is a period drama centered on a 14th-century executioner. In fact, if his new project turns out to be a hit, it will likely minimize Sutter’s potential involvement in the proposed Sons of Anarchy spin-off (assuming it eventually lands a green-lit from FX).
Still, Sutter and FX would be making a smart business move to keep the franchise alive and thriving. Sons of Anarchy stands as one of the network’s all-time biggest hits, essentially serving to FX what Breaking Bad became for AMC. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise then that both network and series creator want to explore that world through a fresh story, just as AMC is doing with the Breaking Bad spinoff/prequel Better Call Saul. Since the Mayans were a consistent presence throughout Sons of Anarchy, this seems like as strong an angle as any to pursue.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the Sons of Anarchy spin-off as this story develops.