Sonny Barger last week filed a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles against HBO, production company White Mountain Co. and the project's writer/executive producer, Michael Tolkin.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series "1%" originally was set at an Arizona chapter of the fictional Death Rangers, one of the toughest motorcycle clubs in the country. The central character is a biker, Misfit, sent in from a Northern California chapter to bring it under control.
HBO is getting ready to start production on the show, which will feature Donal Logue as Misfit.
Barger claims in the suit that he and Tolkin pitched HBO on a motorcycle club-centered series. The cable network turned to Tolkin to create it.
The name of the Chief character has been changed to Cap, the setting of the show has been moved to Apache Junction, Ariz., and Misfit now comes from Valhalla, Ore.
The suit seeks to make the show's script a joint work of Sonny Barger Productions and Tolkin, and seeks to keep the program from being sold or telecast. Barger also wants compensation for what he calls the exploitation of his publicity rights.