Sons of Anarchy co-creator Kurt Sutter is leaving the small screen and heading towards the big screen with a new Western film entitled The Abandons set to premiere on Netflix.
This is a big project for Sutter, who co-created the highly popular FX show Sons of Anarchy along with the current program Mayans M.C. on the same network and operating in the same universe. This is a different kind of project for Sutter, but it is something that he said he always had his eye on.
Why Western Chance Now for Kurt Sutter?
Sutter told Deadline, “I’ve always wanted to do a western, even before Sons, and then Deadwood came out.” Both Sons and Deadwood are two of the biggest Western-type television programs over the last twenty years. However, they are still television programs.
Sutter continued, “There’s that great lore of Ian Anderson wanting to be a great rock guitarist, and he saw Clapton play, and he said, ‘—-, I’m going to become the best rock flautist that ever lived.’ And he did just that for Jethro Tull. This is how I felt when I saw Deadwood. I said, let me stick to the crime genre, and then used just about every actor that was on that show. But I do love the genre, and over the pandemic, I tried to get a western IP.”
Sutter’s analogy is an interesting one. He liked working in crime dramas, but he has had an itch to do a Western. It takes a person, like Anderson, to just go for it and not think about it anymore. He saw Deadwood and made the choice that he was going to do this one day. From what we can gather from his quotes here, the pandemic really kicked this project into gear. No date and time have of this writing been revealed for The Abandons.