Sons of Anarchy was one of FX’s more popular shows. The neo-western crime drama about a tightly knit, outlaw motorbike club aired for seven seasons till 2014. Six years after its end, is the team back with a prequel and a sequel?
As they say, you won’t be able to look at motorbikes the same way once you watch Sons of Anarchy. Created by Kurt Sutter, the series was a neo-western crime drama about a tightly knit, outlaw motorbike gang, it aired on FX between 2008 and 2014 for a span of seven seasons.
- The story of Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club
- What happened to the prequel?
- Is a Sons of Anarchy sequel in the making?
With English actor Charlie Hunnam leading the pack, the series met with widespread acclaim from critics and saw ever-increasing ratings throughout its run.
The final season of the series witnessed the maximum viewership of over six million, which is quite a feat for cable television. The latest news is that a sequel of this popular show is on its way. But what about its anticipated prequel, The First 9?
The story of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original
Brotherhood, love, relationships, loyalty, betrayal and salvation were the ingredients of Sons of Anarchy. Set in Central Valley, California, the series followed Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the initial vice-president and later president of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original (SAMCRO), a club involved in gun-running as well as dealing with other gangs, authorities and executives.
It focused on Jax as he navigated his way through his personal struggles while maintaining the club and trying his best to preserve his father’s legacy, who was its founder.
The series was well researched and based on a real-life motorcycle club in America. It showed club members riding Harley-Davidson Dyna motorcycles and wearing ‘cuts’, and has been frequently compared with Shakespeare’s Hamlet due to certain similarities between the two. The series is engrossing, fast-paced and loaded with remarkable performances.
The series made a conscious effort to get better with every season and that was clearly visible in its content. In 2018, it spawned a spin-off called Mayans M.C. that is set four years after the events of Sons of Anarchy and focuses on a motorcycle club called Mayans M.C. Sons of Anarchy remains the most successful FX show till date.
What happened to the prequel?
In 2013, creator Sutter announced that he was developing a prequel to the series called The First Nine which would deal with the origins of SAMCRO.
However, in 2019 it was reported that Sutter had run into trouble with Disney and that seems to have halted his plans to work on the prequel. Disney now owns FOX and therefore holds the right to develop the series. So, unless Sutter repairs this relationship and gets intellectual property rights to develop the prequel, the project may not get to see the light of day.
He reportedly said, “As of now, the possibility of doing that doesn’t look that hopeful. It’s their property. They’re not going to let me take it somewhere else. Right now, that relationship is in flux. With time and a shift in attitude, will we be able to do it? I don’t know. Hopefully. Maybe.”
Is a Sons of Anarchy sequel in the making?
Showrunner Kurt Sutter previously revealed that a sequel to Sons of Anarchy, tentatively called Sam Crow is something he has in mind with Jax’s son, Abel, in the lead. After being flooded with questions regarding the fate of Abel, Sutter finally took to Twitter and explained that a sequel may be made to address this.
But even for Sam Crow to hit our television screens, it is essential that Sutter is given the go-ahead by Disney, which is not happening at the moment. Let’s just hope that Sutter is able to develop the show because it would be a waste of such a terrific idea if he is denied this opportunity.
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