Sons of Anarchy creator/ showrunner Kurt Sutter has teamed with former Hell on Wheels showrunner John Shiban to develop Lucas Stand, a dark action/horror drama series for FX through Fox 21. Based on an idea by Sutter, Lucas Stand features both episodic and serialized elements. It follows the salvation quest of a damaged former special ops soldier who has been chosen to traverse time and place to hunt down and kill Hell’s law-breaking demons. The project further extends Sutter’s relationship with FX and falls under the deal he has with FX Prods. and 20th TV/Fox 21. Sutter; his wife, Sons of Anarchy star Katey Sagal; and Belle Zwerdling are also developing a dark comedy for the network, Diva. Clown. Killer, which is eyed as a potential starring vehicle for Sagal. Lucas Stand is Shiban’s first project at FX.
The partnership between Sutter and Shiban comes two months after Sutter blasted AMC over the big showrunner turnover on the network’s series. His post was triggered by the firing of Glen Mazzara from The Walking Dead, which came on the heels of Shiban’s decision to step down as showrunner of another AMC series, Hell On Wheels. Sutter and Shiban are with ICM Partners.