More SOA Sir Please

February 13, 2012

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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.)

More SOA

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

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.


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10 Responses to “More SOA Sir Please”

  1. bob Says:

    if they get the bikes right on “First Nine”,it’ll be worth watching just for that.About Vietnam-Era tunes on TV:I noticed on the repeats of “Tour of Duty” they dubbed some goofy soundtrack over what were ’60’s tunes in the original airing of the show.Didn’t want to pay royalties.

  2. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    I got a mental image of Megalomaniac Murdoch “riding” (slowing up and parking) a black Dyna with fairings and Sutter riding bitch wearing a “Property of Rupert” vest. YUCK.

    YYZ Skinhead

  3. Rashomon Says:

    SOA is to bike clubs what Fox is to news I guess – no need to let fact get in the way of a good story.

  4. Dave-O Says:

    The shows entertaining to say the least. I’ve noticed a lot of people wearing three piece patch style hoodies and t-shirts with the SOA emblem on it here in Sacto, which made many a club guy scoff at the Easyriders Show recently. I myself watch it. The “backlash” reminds me of the outrage expressed by the Italian-American community of the production of The Sopranos. “How could David Chase stereotype and categorize an entire race of people as criminals and organized crime members?” they screamed. Because it makes money and the vast majority of the public already believes that’s the way things work anyway. Might as well make a buck off it before someone else does.

  5. Grumbler Says:

    According to someone who works on the show with first hand experience, SOA stopped shooting in Sunland-Tujunga due to threats of violence against cast and crew. That, in turn, caused the producers to move Charming to Montrose. An episode with guest star Sonny Barger during Season 4 supposedly resulted in a real MC taking offense.

  6. Junior Says:

    Grumbler wrote: “…resulted in a real mc taking offense”. Your kidding right Grumbler!? If you are serious then please tell us which mc actually gives a *uck about who is or is not on SOA. Personally, I couldn’t stomach the show beyond the first couple episodes in season 1 and hope it fucking disappears ASAP.

  7. Austin Says:

    “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.”

    Hey Rebel – This clip – music of the Vietnam war…
    This is very heavy.
    I don’t think about Vietnam much – and if you asked me – I wouldn’t ascribe any of my lifestyle/choices/decisions to any aspect or influence of that war. Really- I wouldn’t.
    But I watched this clip. And there it all is. It was just like that – in the house, at the dinner table every night. Gather round for some family time – Killed. Missing. Wounded. Gunfire. All that. What I remember from then is my folks ongoing discussion regarding our proximity to March Air Base, and the likelihood of annihilation if/when hostile forces attacked the base, say with a Nuke … like at Hiroshima. And those B-52’s flying all day and night. And Thai sticks.
    I work with people who still feel lucky to have gotten out alive, be that out of their home country, out of the service, or out of serving altogether. Or even just out of the 70’s.
    That war was hell – nightly, live and in in vivid color. But apparently someone can still squeeze a buck out of it.
    Roll on War Profiteers..

  8. Grumbler Says:

    Junior – Didn’t get the impression that the source was blowing smoke up anyone’s ass. Name of MC was not disclosed although one comes to mind. Whatever the circumstances were, it’s club business AFAIC. SOA, in my opinion, has resulted in far too many DWB “Driving While Biker” profile stops by fucktards with badges.

  9. Rebel Says:

    Dear Austin,

    Let me just say this one personal thing. I am very lucky to have gotten out alive. Everything since is just free time.


  10. rollinnorth Says:

    THANK YOU, Rebel and all the other Nam vets who read and post here (and all those who do not.) We never did enough for you when you were there and when you came home.
    Never forget.

    Thank you to all the brave members of our armed services, past, present and future.


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