We all knew it was going to happen, and indeed it has come to pass: Kurt Sutter‘s Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans MC has gotten a pilot order from FX. Despite the big-budget failure of Sutter’s SOA follow-up for the network in The Bastard Executioner, FX is backing the expansion of the showrunner’s motorcycle gang world. Before The Americans and Fargo and American Crime Story, Sons of Anarchy was FX’s flagship drama, and for a few seasons it definitely deserved that distinction. It remained one of the network’s most-watched series throughout its seven year run, and FX is surely hoping for more of the same from Mayans MC.
Sutter will be serving as an EP alongside Elgin James, with whom he co-wrote the pilot. Sutter will also be directing, although since it’s only the first episode I would expect he’ll save the full-song montages for later in the series — assuming it comes to that.
According to a press release,
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.
The Mayans were, of course, an integral part of Sons of Anarchy‘s story from the very beginning, so we know some of the characters (some Redwood Originals may also potentially have cameos in the new series). The pilot will begin shooting in March in Los Angeles, and as someone who loved Sons of Anarchy for a long time (and then had mixed feelings towards it as it got closer to its finale), I’m proceeding with cautious optimism here. But, I like the idea of coming to this story from the perspective of a prospect rather than someone who is entrenched in the club and its lore, like the way Jax was the lynchpin in SOA. That, and the focus on the Latin community will bring a fresh perspective to the series.