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HBO biker series hits a snag

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 19th 2008 2:04PM
Hell's AngelsUh oh. Remember that biker show that HBO is doing that was just cast with Donal Logue in the lead? Well, there seems to be a question about just who wrote the story and who deserves credit for the script. Sonny Barger filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that HBO has swiped the project -- 1% -- out from under him.

This is a guy you don't want to mess with, and yet, HBO has stepped into it with him. Sonny Barger is the founder of Hell's Angels. According to his complaint, the network, White Mountain Company and Michael Tolkin (The Rapture, The Player), the writer/producer of 1%, froze him out of the series. He is also ticked off that they've "violated many of his publicity rights when he demanded changes so as not to dilute his own brand." You could say they also violated him by using his name in the press release announcing the greenlight.

Barger is a published author. His autobiography, Hell's Angels: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club was a bestseller. The author contends that 20th Century Fox optioned the book for a feature and they hired Michael Tolkin to write the screenplay. Tolkin and Barger met, talked about life in the Hell's Angels and Sonny yapped about other fictional stories he had in the works. Together, Tolkin and Barger brought the project to HBO.

When Barger complained about the way the script turned out and HBO wouldn't make changes, Sonny said, HBO "refused to acknowledge the contributions or authorship." Needless to say, Barger is asking the court to settle the dispute, get him the credit he deserves and, presumably, change the pilot script. Will this delay Donal and the 1% company from getting underway? That remains to be seen.

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Samantha

its not, they are actually filming the new series right around the corner from my house.

April 28 2008 at 12:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

You wouldn't like them when they are angry!

April 20 2008 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tina

Hope Sonny wins. HBO should have respected him a little more. Without him they would have nothing. As for the HA being dangerious thats only if you make them mad.

April 20 2008 at 7:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trevor Carpenter

Ouch, HBO should be careful. The Hell's Angels are not just a club. They are a very REAL and dangerous organized crime racket.

April 19 2008 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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