‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Creator Kurt Sutter Adds New Project Before Mayan Spin-Off

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is one busy man. Not only is he currently developing a spin-off to Sons of Anarchy, but he has also started his own comic book.

The comic book that Kurt Sutter has created is called Lucas Stand, and as USA Today reports, will debut on June 1. It is written by both Kurt Sutter and author Caitlin Kittredge. Illustrations will be done by Jesus Hervas.

My new project with #boomstudios LUCAS STAND. Hell has a hitman. Issue 1 hits June 1st.

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Lucas Stand revolves around a former special operations soldier who has committed unspeakable acts. Once he returns home from duty, Lucas Stand alienates himself form both his family and society. Ultimately, his past actions prove to be too much and Lucas Stand decides to shoot himself. While the shot should be fatal, Lucas Stand is spared his life because as the dark angel Gadriel explains, the balance between heaven and hell is off kilter because too many demons have escaped.

Kurt Sutter explains the theme of the comic delves into morality and humanity. The Sons of Anarchy creator is moving into somewhat uncharted territory, a departure from the Kurt Sutter work he’s produced to date.

“Over the course of mankind, mortals who were technically not evil people and weren’t supposed to land in hell have been corrupted so much by the way we’ve learned to live and the temptations and the greed and the opulence of our lifestyles have turned the people who were supposed to be on a more altruistic path to the dark side.”

Now that Lucas Stand has been saved, he has a purpose. Every time he kills a demon and saves that soul, one of his own sins gets washed away. The hope is that eventually, Lucas Stand will be able to redeem himself.

While Lucas Stand currently exists in comic book form, Kurt Sutter originally thought of the story as a potential TV show. The Sons of Anarchy creator brought the idea to FX, but Kurt Sutter explained that those at FX passed on the idea.

Kurt Sutter believes that he has learned a lot from the success of Sons of Anarchy. What started off as an impressive, eye-catching TV show evolved into an emotional tale of family and survival. Kurt Sutter reveals his take on the success of Sons of Anarchy stems from the explosive premise.

“I always said the bikes and the leather and the explosions were the candy that tempted people. But it was the emotionality and the family component that got them to stay. Because blowing (stuff) up every week gets old.”

While Lucas Stand will be released to the public on June 1, there is no word yet on when Kurt Sutter’s other project, the spin-off to Sons of Anarchy, will be ready.

The sequel to Sons of Anarchy will focus on the Mayan biker group and as Deadline reports, Kurt Sutter is looking to find the best writers for the project. Kurt Sutter also spoke about how the new show will relate to the world of Sons of Anarchy,

“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.”

Beyond the premise, few details are known, but the Lawyer Herald does report that the name of the show will be The First 9 and will be produced through FX.

There is also a possibility that some characters of Sons of Anarchy may pop up on the new show. Kurt Sutter says that he is open to the possibility, as long as it doesn’t take over the new show.

“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.”

The cast and crew of Sons of Anarchy, including creator Kurt Sutter, will all be together again from May 27-29 in Houston, Texas, for a reunion. There is a good possibility that Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter will take the opportunity then to announce more concrete details about the plan.

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