It looks like the cultural sensation Sons of Anarchy is going to last for at least seven years, like Egypt’s famine or a plague of locusts.
Kurt Sutter, the thespian, playwright, blogger, rebel and raconteur who imagined this drama about motorcycle outlaws without any influence whatsoever from Chuck Zito has stated that he thinks he will need seven years to tell whatever tale it is that he is telling. The show finished its fourth season in December.
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The Hollywood Reporter announced on February 3 that the FX Network has already ordered a sixth season. And, at about the same time Sutter signed a new contract that will make him property of Rupert Murdoch for another three years.
“There’s a part of me that does see being able to tell this story in seven seasons,” Sutter told the Hollywood trade magazine, “but there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to say, ‘That’s it.’ I almost feel like when you hang that kind of finality and put a period on something, there’s almost a backlash that happens with the fan base.”
What Sutter seems to mean, for those who have read his quote a couple of times and are still not sure, is that he understands that he might have lucked into the next Star Trek with his biker soap opera. He knows there could be some version of SAMCRO playing on some sort of screen or in some portable holographic field or whatever in 2039. The current show, simply called Sons of Anarchy, might be one of many entertainment products associated with this robust brand. (SAMCRO, if you don’t know, is the acronym for the imaginary club’s mother chapter – the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Originals.)
So prepare for decades of Sons of Anarchy The Next Generation and SAMCRO The Movie The Search For Clay and the inevitable cable drama Lenny The Pimp. All of that is exactly where the show is headed. Right this minute a nasty, rude, little agent at Inkwell Management in New York, the official literary representative of Jay Dobyns and Anthony Bourdain, is interviewing potential ghostwriters for a cookbook called Gemma Cooks Meat. March 7, the current show will be honored by The Paley Center for Media at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
There is a slim possibility that unpredictable social forces may sink SOA after only six years. It isn’t likely but if the worst happens Sutter and FX are prepared for that. The replacement will be a Sons of Anarchy prequel called First Nine about the original nine members of the club. Even if the original show stays around for the full seven years or longer First Nine may also be produced.
First Nine will be set around the time Saigon fell. The original nine members, according to a usually informed source, will be Clarence “Clay” Morrow, Piermont “Piney” Winston, Keith “Little Butch” McGee, Lenny “The Pimp” Janowitz, Wally “Big Butch” Grazer, Thomas “Uncle Tom” Whitney, Chico “Booger Butch” Vellenueva and Otto “Little Killer” Moran.
Already aging guys are complaining that any real motorcycle club in 1975 would have had at least four guys named Butch instead of just three. The lone prospect would have been a guy named “Peabody” who wore glasses and he would have been the worst prospect ever but his dope would have been superb.
Some of those old guys may watch the show anyway because the music will be great. Nobody has yet made a show about young veterans in 1975. If First Nine ever does go into production it will at least be interesting to see how Sutter screws it up.