FX Revs Up Pilot for THE NEXT CHAPTER IN THE SONS OF ANARCHY SAGA "MAYANS MC"
Pilot Episode Co-Written and Produced by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James
with Sutter Set to Direct
Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions,
Pilot Slated to Shoot in March in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, December 1, 2016 - For seven seasons, Kurt Sutter's award-winning Sons of Anarchy was the highest-rated ongoing drama series in FX history. Now, Sutter returns to that world with Mayans MC, a drama series pilot for FX and the next chapter in the SOA saga, which he co-wrote with producing partner Elgin James.
Sutter will direct the pilot episode and serve as Executive Producer, with James serving as
Co-Executive Producer. The pilot is being produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions, with production scheduled to begin in March.
Mayans MC is set in a post Jax Teller world, where EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the Cali/Mexi border, struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel, and his need for respect from the women he loves.
The Mayans were recurring and pivotal players in Sons of Anarchy throughout the show's seven-year run.
Kurt Sutter is the creator, writer, producer, director and actor behind the hit FX television show Sons of Anarchy. He is also the creator, writer, and producer of The Bastard Executioner and worked as a writer, producer, director, and actor on The Shield. Sutter made his feature film debut Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams, written by Sutter and directed by Antoine Fuqua; The Weinstein Company released the film in July 2015. Sutter recently announced a new comic book collaboration with award-winning BOOM! Studios. Kurt previously partnered with BOOM! to create a Sons of Anarchy comic book as well as the original series Lucas Stand about a veteran turned hit man for Hell. Their newest collaboration, Sisters of Sorrow, centers on victims of abuse who spin their pain into vengeance through the cover of vigilante nuns. NBC Universo, the modern entertainment and sports cable channel for Latinos, announced this week that it has added Sons of Anarchy en Espa�ol to its upcoming 2017 slate.
Homeless as a teenager, Elgin James was a fixture in Boston's hardcore punk scene, helping found a multi-ethnic national street gang that targeted neo-Nazi skinheads and drug dealers. After spending a decade and a half in the gang, James left Boston for Los Angeles where he was shepherded by the Sundance Institute Feature Film program. James' directorial debut, Little Birds, starring Juno Temple & Leslie Mann, premiered in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. A few months later James began serving a prison sentence for a past gang-related charge of federal extortion. Little Birds was released in 2012 by Millennium Entertainment and the film won a National Board of Review award, James was named one of Variety's "Ten Directors to Watch" and to IonCinema's list of "The American New Wave 25." On the film side, James is slated to direct A Million Little Pieces for John Wells and Plan B Entertainment, and is developing a film on the troubled life of actress Jean Seberg for Electric City entertainment, adapted from the biography Breathless.
Sutter is represented by WME.
James is represented by WME, Electric City, and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.
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FX Networks, a business unit of 21st Century Fox, is comprised of the networks FX, FXX and FXM and the video on-demand app FXNOW. FX, the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel, launched in June of 1994 and is carried in 91 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including The Americans, The Strain and the upcoming Taboo, Legion and Snowfall; the critically-acclaimed limited series American Horror Story, Fargo, American Crime Story and the upcoming Trust and Feud; acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Archer, Baskets, Better Things and Atlanta. In 2016, FX received a basic cable record 56 Emmy(R) Award nominations and a basic cable record 18 wins, including 9 for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and Mike & Molly. FXX, the newest network, launched in September 2013 and is carried in 82 million homes. Geared towards a young adult audience, the schedule features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, You're the Worst and Man Seeking Woman. FXX is also the exclusive cable home to The Simpsons, the longest-running comedy in TV history, the late night animated block Animation Domination, and acquired hit series such as In Living Color, Mad About You and Parks and Recreation. FXM (formerly Fox Movie Channel) was launched in October of 1994 and is now carried in 57 million homes. Its schedule features classic films during the day (FXM Retro), and contemporary box office hits and acclaimed, award-winning films in the evening, as well as short-form award-winning original programming.
ABOUT FOX 21 TELEVISION STUDIOS
Fox 21 Television Studios is a production unit housed within Fox Television Group devoted to making creatively ambitious scripted and unscripted series for all distribution platforms. Fox 21 Television Studios is responsible for the sensation from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson "The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" (with FX Productions), the Emmy and Golden Globe winning "Homeland," starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, the critically acclaimed "The Americans" (with FX Productions) starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, Brannon Braga and Adam Simon's "Salem," "Dice," from Scot Armstrong, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst, Richard Shepard, Bruce Rubenstein and Andrew Dice Clay, and Howard Gordon's "Tyrant." New series include "Queen of the South," executive produced by David T. Friendly, "Chance" from Kem Nunn, Alexandra Cunningham, Lenny Abrahamson, Michael London, and Brian Grazer, "Genius" (with Imagine, OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow) from Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Gigi Prtizker, Rachel Shane, Sam Sokolow, Jeff Cooney, Ken Biller and Noah Pink, "Seven Seconds" from Veena Sud, and Ryan Murphy's latest anthology, "Feud," starring Oscar winners Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.
ABOUT FX PRODUCTIONS
FX Productions (FXP) produces FX's acclaimed hit drama series The Strain and the upcoming Snowfall; the upcoming limited series Trust; the comedy series Louie, Archer, Baskets, Better Things and Atlanta; and the FXX comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, You're the Worst and Man Seeking Woman. FXP co-produces the drama series The Americans, the upcoming Taboo and Legion; and the limited series Fargo and American Crime Story. In 2016, FX series produced or co-produced by FXP received 48 Emmy(R) Award nominations and won 16 Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and Outstanding Animated Program (Archer).