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‘Sons of Anarchy’ Creator Kurt Sutter Eyes Medieval FX Followup ‘The Bastard Executioner’

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Sons of Anarchy‘ creator Kurt Sutter recently told reporters he’d want a few years after the FX biker drama’s end before any potential prequel miniseries, and it seems we know what he’ll be doing in the meantime. FX has given a pilot order to Sutter’s new medieval drama ‘The Bastard Executioner,’ along with executive producer Brian Grazer.

Via Deadline,  the pilot-greenlit ‘Bastard Executioner’ stems from one of Grazer’s ideas that follows “a warrior knight in King Edward III’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.” Sutter will write the script and executive produce with Grazer at Imagine TV, under 20th Century Fox. Filming of the pilot will begin late next year, after Sutter finishes work on ‘Sons of Anarchy”s final season.

Says FX network CEO John Landgraf of the announcement:

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.

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 who is one of the most gifted film and television producers in the business.

What do you think? Does ‘The Bastard Executioner’ sound like FX’s next great drama under Kurt Sutter? What would you want to see the prolific creator take on after ‘Sons of Anarchy’ wraps up its seventh and final season in 2014?

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