The Sons of Anarchy spinoff is finally coming in 2017.
Good news for SOA fans. FX has announced that it is set to start production of Mayans MC in March 2017. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter will helm the pilot episode.
The Mayans MC will pick up from the aftermath of Jax Teller’s (Charlie Hunnam) death where EZ Reyes struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel. He also needs the women he loves to respect him. EZ is a prospect in the Mayan motorcycle club charter on the California/Mexico border.
SOA fans are familiar with the Mayans MC, the rival of SAMCRO, who they have seen during the show’s seven-year run. The club is composed of Hispanic men who controlled northern California and all of Nevada. Their cuts have the phrase “Los Asesinos de Dios.” It means Assassins of God. Marcus Alvarez (Emilio Rivera) was the Oakland Chapter president of the club.
Entertainment Weekly noted that is it still unclear if Rivera will play a role in the pilot. He, however, shared the news about the SOA spinoff on his Instagram account.
Sutter co-wrote the script with Elgin James. In May, when the spinoff was first announced, Sutter said: “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.”
James’ bio has some similarities with a story of an SOA character. He had a troubled childhood in Boston and became a fixture in hardcore punk communities. He also helped in founding a gang that targeted neo-Nazi skinheads and drug dealers, Deadline noted.
After spending a decade in street gang, he moved to Los Angeles. In California, he entered the Sundance Institute Feature Film program. James’ directorial debut, Little Birds, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. A few months later, he served a prison sentence for a past gang-related charge. Little Birds, which starred Juno Temple and Leslie Mann, was released a year later and won a National Board of Review award.
The Sons of Anarchy ended in 2014 after seven seasons. The hit biker drama was the highest-rated drama series in FX history. Its Season 7 premiere in September 2014 garnered the highest ratings in the series’ history. About 6.20 million viewers tuned in to its season debut and 6.40 million people watched its finale in December 2014.