Don’t hold your breath while you’re waiting for Kurt Sutter’s new television drama about motorcycle outlaws. A new Sutter show about bikers remains as insubstantial as hot air. Not that Sutter isn’t trying.
On June 28, Sutter told his 557,000 Twitter followers, “The return is near. #Mayans MC.” Mayans MC, which viewers are supposed to interpret as inside look at the Mongols Motorcycle Club, went into development about six weeks ago. Sutter’s tweet was really code for “Don’t stop thinking about a sequel.”
Five-hundred-fifty-seven thousand twitters followers is a big number. So is 9.25 million, which was the number of people who watched the final episode of Sons of Anarchy. That’s a big audience so nobody wants to lose it even if the television suits don’t have sequel to show you.
That sequel isn’t going to premiere in SOA’s old Tuesday at ten timeslot this fall anyway, which makes the recent hype strange. FX is running a Danny Glover comedy series called Atlanta this fall at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays. Atlanta, “about two cousins in the Atlanta rap scene,” probably won’t attract the same audience Mayans MC will attract. FX bought 10 episodes of the Danny Glover show which went into development about six months ahead of Mayans MC. Sons of Anarchy with its “mature content” was a ten o’clock show. FX has already filled that time slot for every night this fall. And all that suggests that the earliest the new Sutter biker show might premiere is next Spring.
Sutter’s tweet, which created a storm of enthusiasm on the internet, included a photo of the actor Emilio Rivera, who played the Mayans president on Sons of Anarchy. So it looks like Rivera will reprise his role if FX decides to do another biker show.
But that’s a big “looks like” and a big “if.” Hollywood is a cruel town – in a bloodless way. Lightening doesn’t usually strike twice. For all the babble about Sons of Anarchy’s authenticity, it became a hit because Charlie Hunnam is a dreamboat and SOA was a chick show. Rivera may not have the same appeal Hunnam did.
The network told The Hollywood Reporter in May that “Mayans MC will be a dark, visceral family drama that takes a new look at the most American of icons, the 1% outlaw, this time reflected through a Latino lens” and that the show will be “in the spirit of Sons of Anarchy.”
Sutter told the trade paper the new show’s “tone, pace, storytelling will be unique.” That seems to be code for Charlie Hunnam won’t be coming back. Instead Hunnam’s character, Jax Teller, will be featured in a collection of comic books being billed as “Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter’s first original comic book series.” The magazines will actually be written by a guy named Ollie Masters.
If FX does decide to buy episodes of Mayans MC the creative force behind the show will be filmmaker, musician and bag of beans Elgin James. “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,” Sutter said last month. “Elgin is that voice.”
That sounds like code for “I’m so done with this thing but yes, I would like it if you gave me some more of your money.”