Kurt Sutter, creator of FX series "Sons of Anarchy," is not buying former Hell’s Angel Chuck Zito’s claim that the network stole his idea for the show.
On his blog, Sutter says (typos intact): "It’s that time a year again. Where a disgruntled ex-biker decides that Sons of Anarchy was in fact his idea. This one, from the half-talent of Chuck Zito, former NYC HA and Oz actor. He slapped FX with a 5 million dollar breach suit, claiming that the idea he came up with over 12 years ago and pitched 6 years ago was ‘similar’ to SOA."
Sutter says this is Zito’s second attempt at a claim, with the first one "simply dismissed" by Fox legal.
He also says, "It’s not a coincidence that his claim hits while academy members are voting."
However, Sutter reminds Zito about his "badass outlaw" boss: "His name is Rupert, and Rupe don’t sway. … [M]y parent company is as stubborn and aggressive as I am."
Sutter spells it out: "[H]ere’s my bi-monthly reminder to every delusional bitch who thinks that they’ve come up with the idea for SOA –
"HAVING THE F—ING IDEA IS NOT THE SHOW. 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. The same way there were dozens of mob family pitches before the Sopranos and crime scene pitches before CSI."