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Hells Angels founder sues HBO

20 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

HBO might have a biker-sized legal problem on its hands with its motorcycle-themed drama pilot 1%.

Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger filed a lawsuit last week against the pay cable network, the production company behind the project and its writer/executive producer Michael Tolkin claiming that the concept and the script for the show were developed with his collaboration. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles federal court, contends that HBO, the White Mountain Co. and Tolkin cut him out of the project and violated many of his publicity rights when he demanded changes to protect his own brand.

"1%" originally was set at the Carefree, Ariz., chapter of the Death Rangers, one of the toughest motorcycle clubs in the country, and centered on Misfit (Donal Logue), a Silicon Valley member who is sent to the troubled chapter to bring it under control. The project was ordered to pilot in October.

The lawsuit comes as HBO is readying "1%" for production. Casting on the pilot was completed late last week with the recruitment of Abe Ben Rubi, Jason Matthew Smith, Kim Dickens and James LeGros in the last regular roles.

Chip Esten, M.C. Gainey, Jeff Fahey and Hans Howes were tapped as guest stars/potential recurring. »

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