“Make a spinoff!” is becoming an increasingly popular solution for cable networks who’ve just lost a hit series. Over at AMC, the void left by Breaking Bad has been filled by the brilliant prequel Better Call Saul, and the ratings might of The Walking Dead has been multiplied by Fear the Walking Dead, which put up huge numbers with its premiere last Sunday. Now, FX might be getting into the spinoff game.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is in the “preliminary stages” of developing a spinoff to the hit motorcycle club drama, which ended last year after seven seasons. Sutter has previously teased the possibility of a prequel series that would chronicle the early days of the club in the 1960s, but according to EW, this isn’t that. It is instead a show that would focus on the Mayans, a rival motorcycle club based in Oakland who clashed with the Sons of Anarchy.
We don’t know when the show would actually arrive, particularly since Sutter is about to launch his next FX series, The Bastard Executioner, but FX’s interest in another SoA project isn’t surprising at all. It’s the most popular drama in the network’s history, and over the course of its run Sutter created a rich world with all kinds of details to be excavated and explored. Add to that a fiercely loyal SoA fanbase, and it’s a hit just waiting to happen.