Kurt Sutter, creator/executive producer of FX‘s flagship drama Sons Of Anarchy, is switching to comedy for his next project. He has closed a script development deal with FX to write Diva. Clown. Killer, a half-hour comedy he created and will executive produce with wife/Anarchy star Katey Sagal and Belle Zwerdling. The project is described as a dark, absurd comedy about an 1980’s has-been rock diva; her dysfunctional son who makes his living as kids party clown; and of course, an assassin. Diva. Clown. Killer is being developed as a starring vehicle for Sagal depending on her availability with Anarchy. Sutter had indicated he plans to wrap the biker drama after seven seasons. Season 5 kicks off Tuesday.
The new project, from Anarchy producers Fox 21 and FX Prods, stems from an overall deal Sutter inked with Fox 21 in February. “I look at SOA as being an intense drama, where the murder and mayhem are made palatable by absurd, dark humor,” Sutter said. This half-hour will be an absurd, dark comedy, where the story is fueled by murder and mayhem.” If the project gets to a series, Sutter would hire a showrunner.