After more than two years in development, Sons Of Anarchy spin-off Mayans MC has been picked up to series at FX with a ten episode order. The series is set to premiere on FX state-side in 2018.
Mayans MC is described as the next chapter in the Sons of Anarchy saga and is set in a post Jax Teller world, where EZ Reyes, fresh out of prison, is a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Now EZ must carve out his new outlaw identity in a town where he once was the golden boy who had the American Dream within his grasp.
The spin-off, which FX originally put into development in August 2015, hails from Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and Elgin James. It is being produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions and stars Edward James Olmos, JD Pardo, Sarah Bolger, Clayton Cardenas, Richard Cabral, Michael Irby, Raoul Trujillo, Antonio Jaramillo and Carla Baratta. The executive producers are Kurt Sutter and Noberto Barba, the latter of whom also directed the pilot. Elgin James will serve as co-executive producer.
“Kurt Sutter is a master storyteller and Mayans MC has the raw energy and intensity that are hallmarks of his signature style,” said Nick Grad, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Thanks to Kurt, co-creator Elgin James and this amazing cast, Mayans MC builds on the legacy of Sons of Anarchy, taking it in a thrilling new direction that we can’t wait for the world to see.”
It is not immediately clear if Mayans MC, which will be distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, will be winging its way to the UK. Sons Of Anarchy itself had something of a troubled history in the UK, which may give buyers pause. SOA was originally acquired by Bravo, but following Sky’s acquisition of the Living TV Group, the series was poached by Channel 5.
Several seasons of Sons Of Anarchy aired on Channel 5’s digit-net 5USA before they opted not to renew their deal at the end of season five. The final two seasons were released straight to DVD in the UK and were ultimately licensed by Netflix UK. In a slightly bizarre move, Channel 5 then later picked up all seven seasons to air on Spike (now 5Spike). When questioned on that decision, Acquisitions Manager Marie-Claire Dunlop told TVWise “it was worth picking up the rights to those shows again, because they are great dramas”.