Seems that this spinoff is in trouble – the show is in the process of reshooting of the pilot and recasting of the key roles. What is going on?
Seems that spinoff of Sons of Anarchy, FX’s Mayans MC is going through a rough patch right now. Kurt Sutter and Elgin James’ series is going to reshoot the entire pilot and replace major roles. Sutter directed the original pilot, but the network was not pleased with the result, and from now on, he will only have to focus on writing on this project.
Apparently, Sutter didn’t do a good enough of a job here, as he had to hand over directorial control of the project to incoming Norberto Barba, a new executive producer who just got on board, and who previously worked as an executive producer on the TV series Grimm.
Sutter doesn’t appear to be angry or upset, as he commented on Twitter that FX is actually allowing for improvement “This was the process for SOA. Shows Fox/FX’s commitment to series. Allows me and Elgin to improve cast, script, and direction!” Sons of Anarchy also went through reshoots and cast changes back in 2008 when it was being developed.
The show will recast a few of the key roles, but it is still not clear which cast members will be replaced. The first cast included Richard Cabral, John Ortiz, Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos, Antonio Jaramillo and lead JD Pardo – so we are curious to see who will get the boot.
Even though some are claiming that these changes might destroy the spinoff, we remember that the original Sons of Anarchy replaced Scott Glenn for Ron Perlman in the role of club leader Clay Morrow, and that was the right choice.
Sons of Anarchy that concluded in 2014 after seven successful seasons, starred Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller who worked his way up the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. This crime drama series followed the lives of an outlaw motorcycle club that operated in Charming, a fictional town in California.
Jax is initially the club vice president who begins questioning himself and the club. Constant themes throughout the series were loyalty, redemption, and brotherhood.
Mayans MC will be set several years after the finale of Sons of Anarchy. This time, the show’s focus will be on the biker gang ruling the border of California and Mexico.
Sutter intentionally distanced this show from SOA, and here’s his explanation why:
“It’s the same [biker] subculture, but it’d be interesting to see the influences of that culture and how it impacts the subculture we already understand. I would do a contemporary piece, not a prequel, and place it far enough away from Northern California that it wouldn’t step on the mythology that’s already been told. It doesn’t mean that there couldn’t be some cool, ironic crossovers with familiar characters as the series progressed. I wouldn’t want to set it too close to the world we already know and step on that. It would be cannibalizing what we worked very hard to create and I wouldn’t do anything to undermine.”
But don’t worry, even though the show is set after the events from SOA, we can expect to see one or two appearances from a few members of Sons of Anarchy.
According to the official synopsis, Mayans MC will deal with the Reaper’s rivals turned allies the Mayans Motorcycle Club. The events of the series start unrolling two and a half years after the events of SOA, in the aftermath of Jax Tellers’ death.
The show will focus on the struggles of Ezekiel Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the border between Mexico and California. EZ is the talented son of a proud Latino family, whose American dream was destroyed by cartel violence. Now, he feels a need for violence that drives him toward a life that he never planned for himself, a life that he can never run away from.
FX at first announced the premiere of Mayans Mc for Fall 2017, but the date is not set yet. Will the release be pushed back due to the latest development? In the worst case scenario, we believe that the show’s premiere might be pushed to the end of the year, into the schedule Sons of Anarchy had.
It still remains to be seen if this tinkering with the Mayans’ pilot and the cast will amount to the same success that its predecessor had. We honestly hope it does and that we are in for a treat – a new and interesting crime drama series.