'Sons of Anarchy' Mayans Spin-Off May Bring Back Original Characters

Kurt Sutter says he plans to do 'a contemporary piece, not a prequel,' that may include some characters from the original FX series.

AceShowbiz - Details of the "Sons of Anarchy" spin-off that focuses on Mayans, the biker gang led by president Marcus Alvarez (Emilio Rivera), are revealed. During an interview promoting his new show "The Bastard Executioner", Kurt Sutter reveals that the project is not a prequel, but a contemporary story that could include some characters from the original FX series.

"It's the same [biker] subculture," he tells Deadline, "but it'd be interesting to see the influences of that culture and how it impacts the subculture we already understand. 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. 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 I'll initiate a script for the pilot and take it from there."

The prequel, however, is not completely off the table. Sutter explains, "At some point I do have plans to hopefully do the prequel, which I do see as a one-off 10 or 12-episode thing where we begin in Nam and see John Teller and Piney and see how that relationship got created, and bring them back to the States and the obvious external dynamics that were going on with the country and the perception of the war and what an odd kind of perception these Vets got when they returned home. And then have it be the development of the club, ending before we start to get too close to some of the mythology thatís already been established."

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