June 21st, 2010
05:21 PM ET
The creator of “Sons of Anarchy” is not taking being called a plagiarist lightly.
Writer and actor Kurt Sutter recently took to his blog in response to former Hell’s Angel biker and now actor Chuck Zito’s claim that FX stole the show idea from him.
Zito has reportedly filed a $5 million lawsuit against the network claiming their show is suspiciously similar to one he came up with a dozen years ago and pitched six years ago. The series follows the exploits of a group of outlaw bikers and stars Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal.
Sutter says it’s all hogwash (we’ll use that word rather than what he actually said) and took umbrage to Zito’s accusations on his blog in an item titled “Douchebaggery Is The Greatest Form of Flattery…Again.”
“HAVING THE [expletive] IDEA IS NOT THE SHOW,” Sutter wrote on his blog. “THERE HAVE BEEN DOZENS OF OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE TV DRAMAS PITCHED IN THE LAST TEN YEARS. NONE OF THEM HAS MADE IT TO SERIES, EXCEPT SOA. BECAUSE THEY SUCKED.”
Sutter goes on to jokingly say that “once, in 2004, I was in the lobby of AMC and complained to someone's assistant that there was a guy in the parking lot acting like a 'mad man.' ”
“Clearly I came up with the concept for ‘Mad Men,’ ” Sutter writes, referring to the hit AMC drama.
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