Kurt Sutter reveals his plans for a ‘Sons of Anarchy’ prequel with the current idea being a miniseries of possibly 10 episodes or two 8 episode seasons…
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
The final season of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ will kick off on September 9 with 13 episodes all leading to the series finale this December. When the show ends that doesn’t mean the mythology of the most popular show in FX history will die because creator Kurt Sutter has plans in place to do a prequel to the series approximately a year or two after the final season.
Sutter has long talked about doing a prequel based around ‘The First 9’ — the original nine charter members who started ‘Sons of Anarchy’ after returning home from Vietnam — and bringing many of the characters to life who have either never been seen before while also showing the early stages for the show’s patriarch John Teller and his wife Gemma Teller (currently played by Katey Sagal).
Sutter has also talked about releasing a manuscript that has long been teased on the series titled ‘The Life and Death of Sam Crow’ written by John Teller that eventually influences the actions of his son Jax (played by Charlie Hunnam) throughout the show. The original plan that Sutter revealed last year was to release the manuscript the day after the final episode airs, but it appears that has been scrapped but all for a good reason.
Sutter stated on Friday during a live chat with fans that he will still release the manuscript but only after he finishes the prequel. The good news is the prequel appears to be a go at this point with only the length of the show still to be decided.
“My plan was always to release the ‘Life and Death of Sam Crow’ at the end of the series and document that and what that book was and what those letters were, but here’s ultimately what happened — as we started thinking more and more about this prequel on the First 9 at this point I’m thinking more of a one off like a miniseries, like maybe 10 episodes or two 8 episodes seasons. I felt like to put out that manuscript with his history before that aired was going to handcuff me too much,” Sutter said.
“I didn’t want to step on what I could possibly do with that and yet I didn’t want to counter any kind of mythology that I put there. My plan is now to wait until we do the prequel and then put it out because then we’ll see the end of the prequel will see John Teller start to produce that manuscript or at least the process in beginning the writings.”
Sutter has already stated that his plan is to kick off his next series ‘The Bastard Executioner’ in 2015 following the conclusion of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and then move into the prequel a year or two after the finale. With the show in such high demand it’s likely FX would love to get the show on the air within a reasonable time to take advantage of the huge popularity of the series. ‘Breaking Bad’ recently did a similar deal where the show came to a close and now the new series ‘Better Call Saul’ will debut in early 2015.
It appears for now Sutter’s plan is to roll out the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ prequel as a miniseries consisting of either 10 or 16 episodes to tell the tale about how the outlaw motorcycle club got its start a few decades ago.