Show would mark drama return of 'Sons' creator to cabler

Kurt Sutter is going to Hell. Or at least trying to destroy the ones who dwell there.

The creator and showrunner of FX’s hit series “Sons of Anarchy” is developing “Lucas Stand” with “Hell on Wheels” exec producer John Shiban. Fox 21 is producing.

Project marks Sutter’s drama return to FX. Besides “Sons,” he’s currently working with the net and wife-actress Katey Sagal on dark comedy “Diva. Clown. Killer,” which is in development.

“Lucas Stand” would follow the salvation quest of a damaged former special ops soldier who has been chosen to traverse time and place to hunt down and kill Hell’s law-breaking demons.

This will mark the first project between FX and Shiban, who was the former showrunner for AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.” Sutter said he was looking for a partner on the show and after meeting Shiban, he felt he had a make a strong connection.

“I wanted to do something that was out of my wheelhouse and a little uncomfortable for me,” Sutter told Variety about starting up “Lucas Stand.”

As for the timing, Sutter said he “wanted to get something up and running in the next year or two.”

Because of his commitment to “Sons,” Sutter would hand over showrunning duties on “Lucas Stand” — if it were to make it to series — to Shiban. Sutter, who recently offered his notes on the Shiban-written pilot, would weigh in with his thoughts and suggestions on a weekly basis.

Sutter has a strong relationship with FX president John Landgraf. Besides “Sons,” Sutter was a writer on “The Shield,” which was a pivotal show in making FX a home for original series.

“My sense with John is that once he sees something and understands it, he’s in,” Sutter explained. “That’s a great thing. Once he’s in, you’ll get a fair shake.”

Sutter said that by working on “Sons,” “Diva. Clown. Killer.” and now “Lucas Stand,” he’s busier than ever.

“I’ve gone from 0 to 130 mph in about three weeks,” he admitted.

He’s coming off the fifth season of “Sons of Anarchy,” which was the series highest rated in its history. First-run episodes averaged 6.3 million in total viewers and 4.3 million in the 18-49 demo.

Sutter is currently in the writer’s room working on the sixth-season premiere for “Sons,” which will likely debut in the fall.

FX continues to increase its drama series output. Net currently airs both Timothy Olyphant starrer “Justified” and freshman series “The Americans,” which last week was renewed for a second season.

Net also announced it has ordered “The Bridge,” a Scandinavian import from Shine America that stars Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger as a pair of detectives who are working on a serial murder case on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border.

Filed Under:

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more