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Later on Tuesday, Kurt Sutter‘s next act will begin.
The outspoken creator of Sons of Anarchy has been splitting his time in recent months between Wales, where his FX medieval drama, The Bastard Executioner, is being filmed, and Los Angeles, where he keeps his writers room. In Sutter’s retelling, Bastard wasn’t born out of a desire to do a period piece so much as it was to explore the moral complexities of the executioner profession.
“I knew creatively that I wanted to do something completely different,” he said in an interview on the series’ U.K. set in early July. “I loved The Shield and I loved Sons, but I knew I didn’t want to do another crime-based series. On The Shield, we just ran out of ways for Vic [Mackey] to f— people up and torture people, and then eventually on Sons, it was sort of like, how do I make yet another chase sequence different and interesting. You just get a little burned out.”
Given Sutter’s track record — Sons was one of the biggest hits in FX’s history, and grew each of the seven seasons on which it was on — the project moved through the development pipeline at warp speed. He was joined in that process by executive producer Brian Grazer, who first brought the idea to Fox 21 TV Studios, and an ensemble cast that includes his wife and former Sons star Katey Sagal.
Here, Sutter, along with his cast and long-time producing director Paris Barclay, open up about the creative departure and the potential rewards of setting a Sutter drama in the 14th century.
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