June 21st, 2010
05:21 PM ET

'Sons of Anarchy' creator says he's no thief

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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  1. yael

    Join us for the inside with the creators of Glee, Sons of Anarchy and Dexter.

    http://createasphere.com/En/webcasts.html?layout=category

    December 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Karold

    Beaterdamas probably can't afford a bike or is too short to reach the ground on one.
    Signed,
    A chick that rides

    June 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Birdawg

    Agree with you sis, mr. beasterdummass is probably a 36 year old gatekeeper master lord of the 12 year old dorks on some kind of online fantasy role model game. I'm sure he still lives in his mothers basement too. As for the extent of his military knowledge, that only goes as far as Halo 3. Livin' 2 Ride, Dyin' 2 B Free!

    June 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Never heard of Livin' 2 Ride and Dyin' 2 B Free... you make those up?

      I liked your first sentence, though... that was an amusing piece of work, congrats. :D

      June 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. beasterdamas

    This show sucks is an ugly depiction of something (I don't know what) and is unrealistic other than the fact that it depicts a bunch of animals that think they're American as some kind of hero...Even the military tactics employed by these bunch of wannabe's are poorly done...

    June 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • SisA66A

      You don't know what your talking about, you probably have never even been on a bike. If you don't like the show keep it to yourself!

      June 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • futureMRS.HUNNAM

      okay okay beaterdamas, you're probably the guy who is DYING for the next episode of jersey shore to come on.

      September 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Clearly this individual is flat broke and looking for a paycheck. My only issue with Sons is that the season doesn't run long enough. Everyone on this show is awesome...

    June 22, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Birdawg

    I heard is was in post-pro, I just hope it will tone down on some of the soap opera stuff and focus a little more on the real stuff, the family, friends, fun, ridin', music, partyin', and of course, all of the violence that is necessary to keep the peace.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. andrew

    The show just went off air last fall for the second season runs in the fall for nine weeks every year I agree the time span in between seasons sucks but its already in post production an the third season is slated for release on FX again in mid august. So patience and greatness shall return.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. wendy

    My favorite show, but to long of a hiatus. We have to wait almost a year for a new season!

    June 22, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. mad max

    yeah thats lame but this is even better check this out!!!!!.......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o7BpCnYF0g

    June 22, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tiredofwaiting

    I agree with casey.

    When are we getting more by the time the new season starts I will have forgotten there was a season one and two!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Birdawg

    Zito's production would have probably been to real for a series, probably why it didn't make the cut. The reality would have been too boring for tv. SOA hits on alot of the reality of MC's, both the good and the bad, the human side and sometimes inhumane side, and the fact that MC's reflect any group of people with their diversity of personalities. The only thing that keeps the SOA on the air is the sometimes overly dramatic and sometimes over-stretched storyline. But by all means bring it back, I love it!!!!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. SOA Fan

    Is This Why There Are No New Shows? Hurry Back.... Best Show On TV

    June 22, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. vmf

    I just want to know when it will be com ing back. It was one of my favorites

    June 22, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. casey

    i dont care who came up with it i just want to see more of it so put on your big boy pants and solve the issues!!!!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy

      I just got hooked on the show, didnt know there was such a space in seasons, that sucks. I watched 2 shows of 3rd season, then went and got season one and two, watched them straight thru... Now all caught up. Love the show, best ever.

      October 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |

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