The drama is co-created and produced by “Sons” creator Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, with James writing the pilot script. The story will have the spirit of the original, and focus on the “dark, visceral family drama that takes a new look at the most American of icons, the 1% outlaw, this time reflected through a Latino lens.”
“I wanted to find a strong, unique Latino voice,” said Sutter of James in a statement, “Because I didn’t think a white guy from Jersey should be writing about Latin culture and traditions. Elgin is that voice.”
The Mayans were main players in the series, which had a total of seven seasons and ended in 2014. “Sons of Anarchy” was the highest-rated drama series in FX Network’s history. Sutter followed up the series with “The Bastard Executioner,” but was cancelled after one season.
James made his directorial debut with “Little Bird,” starring Leslie Mann and Juno Temple. The film premiered in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The writer and director’s life has also gone through its own ups and downs. As a teen he was homeless and helped found a multi-ethnic national street gang in Boston. While life was never that easy, in 2012 “Little Bird” won a National Board of Review award and was released by Millennium Entertainment. James is next slated to direct “A Million Little Pieces” and develop a film based on the life of actress Jean Seberg, adapted from the biography “Breathless” by Garry McGee.