With the premiere of “The Bastard Executioner” coming to FX next week, one of the great things about this is that it is allowing us a chance to see a wide array of new interviews featuring show creator Kurt Sutter, who is really one of the most fascinating and interesting guys in the business.
There’s a really great interview between him and Mike Fleming Jr. up over at Deadline, and it’s a really great look into why he decided to make this new show, why he cast Lee Jones in the lead role, and also how he was looking for a different creative challenge. What we want to focus on here is a question that we know many have had for some time: What’s the status of a potential “Sons of Anarchy” prequel series about the early days of John Teller in SAMCRO? This is something that Sutter said that he had an interest in even before the flagship show ended, but earlier this summer, it was the news about a spin-off series focusing on the Mayans that got the headlines.
If you’re still hoping for the preview, have no fear: Sutter still wants to do it. He tells Fleming that the real problem is just finding the time to do it:
“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 that’s already been established.”
Out hope at the moment is mostly just that we get a chance to see this a few years down the road. Sutter obviously needs to ensure the success of his current show first and foremost, and then establish what this potential Mayans show would look like. (He won’t be the primary showrunner for it, provided that it happens.) As we’ve seen with many other recent revivals (“Arrested Development,” “The X-Files”), the thirst for more doesn’t dissipate years after the fact. It is still going to be there.
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