Sons Of Anarchy creator and showrunner Kurt Sutter is staying in the 20th Century Fox TV fold with a new three-year overall deal. Sutter is now working on the seventh and final season of his gritty FX drama Sons Of Anarchy, produced by 20th TV’s cable division Fox 21 and FX Prods., and will next segue to his new project for FX and Fox 21, pilot The Bastard Executioner, which is co-produced by Imagine TV. The pilot, set in 14th century England, is slated to shoot in London in early 2015, with the potential series eying a fall 2015 launch. Additionally, Sutter is having conversations about an SOA prequel, he told the Comic-Con crowd yesterday. “My sense is right now that I don’t know if it will be a full-on series or a miniseries,” he said.
Under the new deal, Sutter would work on those projects and develop new ones, with FX having first look on his development. His previous pact — Sutter’s first overall agreement ever — was a joint one between 20th TV and FX Prods. and included a script commitment at FX where the writer-producer has set up multiple projects over the past couple of years, including a comedy starring his wife, SOA leading lady Katey Sagal. “Kurt is that rare producer who is a triple threat — he writes, he showruns and he directs. There is nothing he can’t do,” said Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden. “He has a singular voice and he cares so deeply about the work, every detail of every moment in Sons is meticulously thought-out and perfectly executed. Kurt is quite simply one of a kind, and we love having him at this studio.”
The final season of SOA, which premieres on September 9, features recurring gigs by Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson and a guest-starring appearance by Lea Michele playing a truck stop waitress and single mom. On the feature side, filming is underway on Southpaw, directed by Antoine Fuqua from a script by Sutter and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams. Sutter is repped by WME and Michael Gendler.