Kurt Sutter, the man behind the creation of the FX Network series and biker drama Sons of Anarchy has unveiled his unscripted series on Discovery Channel which profiles the world’s most notorious gangs and crime families.
Entitled Outlaw Empires, the series focuses on outsider organizations like the Crips street gang, the Irish Mob, a Latin American crime family, the Aryan Brotherhood and the real outlaw bikers.
Writer-producer Kurt Sutter is making his first leap into unscripted TV, and he handles the executive producer role – and appears onscreen during episodes of this new series. Every episode will include interviews with a criminal organization’s current and former members, some of whom are in hiding, and tell tales that Sutter promises will “make Sons of Anarchy look like Sesame Street.”
“I’ve made a career writing about fictitious anti-heroes,” Sutter said. “To create these worlds, I’ve spent a lot of time with active members on both sides of the law. And if I had to pick the most interesting of the two, the choice is obvious — we all love the guys in black.”
How about A gang leader who gave up his own mother when she was targeted for a hit?
“As a storyteller, I listen to this stuff and think: ‘I couldn’t pitch this, nobody would believe it,’” Sutter said. “For me, it was about getting inside the head of these people and understanding what drew them to this life. What’s important is to get at the humanity of it all.”
Sutter has six episodes of Outlaw Empires to make it work.
The show is scheduled for a May 14 debut. Eli Holzman, Stephen Lambert and Philip Lott are also on board as executive producers on the project, which is from Sutterink and Studio Lambert.
Behind the America you know lies another world, where people live outside the law. For the new Discovery Channel series KURT SUTTER’S OUTLAW EMPIRES, premiering Monday, May 14 at 10PM ET/PT, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter enters the realm of the gangs and families who have dominated our streets and helped shape our nation’s history.
Steered by Sutter’s compelling insight, each episode of KURT SUTTER’S OUTLAW EMPIRES tells the complete story of an iconic American outlaw dynasty – directly from the mouths of people from the inside. Through their no-holds-barred accounts, the series takes an unvarnished look at moment-by-moment experiences that were not only pivotal for the organizations themselves, but life-changing for the individuals telling the stories.
Discovery’s Promo for Outlaw Empires: