Kurt Sutter, the man behind FX’s wildly popular and brutal motorcycle drama “Sons of Anarchy,” has a new pilot at the network, Deadline reports. This endeavor will see Sutter departing from California’s Central Valley but sounds likely to maintain the intensity and the violence of his first TV show. Titled “The Bastard Executioner,” the project will focus on a warrior knight in King Edward III’s legion who tries to give up his sword-wielding ways, only to be further drawn into bloodshed and mayhem.
“For 13 years at FX, starting as a writer and working his way up to an executive producer on ‘The Shield,’ then as Creator/Executive Producer of ‘Sons Of Anarchy,’ Kurt has interwoven literary and pulp storytelling within two of the most successful series in cable history,” said FX Networks CEO John Landgraf. “Now he has conceived a deep, provocative and historically precise narrative journey into our medieval past — and I have no doubt ‘Bastard Executioner’ will be another remarkably original and gripping series. We’re also thrilled to be in business with Brian Grazer, one of the most gifted film and TV producers in the business.”
Sutter will pen the script and executive produce the series with Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment and Francie Calfo of Fox 21, with filming of the pilot set to commence late next year. “Sons of Anarchy” recently closed out its sixth season with record ratings — its seventh season is expected to be its last, hence the new project from Sutter.