Hells Angels Film

May 23, 2014

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There is going to be another attempt to make a film about the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. According to multiple published sources, Rob Weiss will adapt Sonny Barger’s memoir Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club for the screen.

Weiss has an extensive filmography and he has worked as a writer on the HBO series Entourage, was the Executive Producer for the HBO series How to Make It in America, and he was a producer on the television series Punk’d and the feature film American Psycho.

Tony Scott

The film rights to Barger’s memoir had belonged to director Tony Scott. Scott also owned the film rights to Hunter Thompson’s Hells’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and Jay Dobyns’ No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey To The Inner Circle Of The Hells Angels. According to Dobyns, “In 2005, after becoming acquainted with Fox entertainment through ATF’s introduction of Agent Dobyns with the America’s Most Wanted feature, a film researcher for Fox and film director Tony Scott contacted Agent Dobyns. Fox and Scott were developing a film about the Hells Angels. A relationship was struck, based on the researcher’s stated admiration for Agent Dobyns’ work, dedication and honesty.” The deal was that Scott would direct the film for a division of 20th Century Fox called Fox 2000 using a script by Academy Award winning writer Stephen Gaghan.

According to informed sources, Scott never made a film about the Hells Angels because there was a consensus among members of the club that non-members should never be allowed to wear the Hells Angels patch. The last time a non-Angel wore the club’s insignia with the club’s permission was in the 1967 movie Hells Angels on Wheels starring Jack Nicholson.

There remains sentiment in the club that it would be  disrespectful to club brothers who died for that patch to allow non-members to wear the death head .

After Scott

After Scott committed suicide in 2012 the rights to Barger’s book reverted to its author and Fox 2000 retained the first right to refuse any movie made from it.

According to the entertainment website Deadline.com, the movie will be produced by Barger’s advisor and confidant Fritz Clapp and by veteran producer Ben Myron, whose last film was Cheaper By The Dozen 2 which was released in 2005.

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17 Responses to “Hells Angels Film”

  1. Dave Says:

    Are they going to move forward and use the HA patch? It would be like Fox to do something like that.

  2. jj solari Says:

    the tradition of only hells angels wearing hells angels wardrobe should not be a problem. only use hells angels in the movie. it is very likely that 90% of them can act better than anyone in hollywood. most hells angels are extremely intelligent and already have a leg up on any actor likely to be seated at the academy awards, since to a man there is not a combined IQ of 5 in the entire hollywood acting community. movie actors are people who if not being told what to say, where to stand while saying it, and what expressions to make while saying someone else’s sentences – all the while being surrounded by people who are actually DOING something……they are rambling incoherent brain-dead imbeciles. hells angels on the other hand are people who never have to be told what to do. they usually know what to do. so being told what to do in a movie would be a chance to relax and basically not do anything. unlike hollywood actors who think they are being “brilliant” and “riveting” being told what to do. this is an easy fix.

  3. One Eye Says:

    Quite frankly, I’m sick of Hollywood taking any story that doesn’t need alteration and bastardizing it. Think of Braveheart or Machine Gun Preacher. Clearly stories that have plenty of intensity and drama from their own historical, truthful standpoints, but Hollywood has to warp the facts and fabricate events that don’t add a damn thing to the overall excellence of the movie. Films being released today are junk. I’d like to see Hollywood leave the M/C world alone.

  4. Road Whore Says:

    @ One Eye:

    I agree. It truly pisses me off when an incident is invented and inserted into an otherwise fine film based on fact. It’s not enough that a person lives an interesting and compelling life; a few made-up events have to be included because some creative type has to show off his/her supposed writing/producing/whatever skills instead of leaving well enough alone. “Yes, I realize he never said that, but wouldn’t it add some extra color and drama to the film if we have the actor add those lines?”

    Ride Free

  5. Jim666 Says:

    It my understanding that Sonny and the HAMC are backing the production of this film 100%
    This will be taken solely form Sonnys life and Im sure he will have final say on what gets in or out of the film. . Im looking forward to seeing it.

  6. One Eye Says:

    @Jim666: that’s a good start, but I watched an interview with Sam Childers (The Machine Gun Preacher) and he stated that when whoever buys the rights to your story, after they’re purchased you have little say in the matter. When they filmed his story he outright vetoed some things, but some things, which were totally fabricated, he couldn’t have them deleted. I hope Sonny and his crew can have more influence. If he has the reins I’m sure it will be a cool flick. OK, any idea who will play Sonny?

  7. Jim666 Says:


    Have a great rest of the weekend all Remember the ones not w/ us anymore
    the one that have gone before us.
    Respects to them all.

  8. Glenn S. Says:

    The writer Dean Koontz once wrote a book called “Watchers”, and I thought it was one of the best novels I’ve ever read. It was about a golden retriever that was genetically bred, by the government, to be as intelligent as a human. A man and a woman came together to protect the dog from the government after it escaped. There was no child character in the book. The movie version essentially replaced the adult male character with a child, gave the child’s mother strong male characteristics (Gods, I hate it when they cast a male character with tits or vice versa, as has become the trend), and changed the plot where it had nothing in common with the book except that a dog was in it. I read somewhere that Koontz said he would never sell another of his books to Hollywood. (He did, which made everything he ever said worthless.)

    Something tells me that the motorcycle club will have a lot more influence. If so, I’ll go see it in the theaters and buy the DVD. If not, I won’t and I’m sure that a large percentage of the target audience won’t either. Of course, I’m assuming that the target audience will ride motorcycles. I could be wrong in that assumption.

    I met a midget at a party, awhile back, that had just made some money playing a drug dealing ticket seller, at a local kid’s venue called “Frankie’s Fun Park”. The scripted fiction was on the “True TV” cable channel and presented as truth. The midget told me that it was not, and that the script was changed as they shot it to make it more interesting.

    I wish that the entertainment industry would try harder to capture emotions instead of manipulating them.

  9. Road Whore Says:

    @ Glenn S.:

    You said, “I wish that the entertainment industry would try harder to capture emotions instead of manipulating them.” Isn’t that the damn truth?

    (And “Watchers” kicked ass! The book, not the movie.)

    Ride Free

  10. One Eye Says:

    I remember reading The Last of the Mohicans after seeing the movie and thinking that it was backwards and all wrong; then a light bulb went on. After seeing The Shining at the theatre I was reading reviews and one very terse, unflattering one stated,”the scariest thing about The Shining was what Stanley Kubrick did to the book.” After reading it, I couldn’t have agreed more, not to mention many wtf moments in the movie were resolved. I could go on, but I’ll be nice and stop.

  11. RtC Says:

    @Glenn S, thanks for reminding me of WATCHERS! Gotta dig through my stash
    & re-read that. Holly-wierd screws up everything they touch. “Let not the
    truth get in the way of a good story” has been their mantra for all time,
    it seems. I’m sure not holding my breath concerning the veracity of the
    Barger story! And I bet their target audience DON’T ride. It’ll be the
    “expendable cash crowd” as usual(the clueless youngsters)
    RESPECTS to the REAL

  12. RtC Says:

    BTW, another damn good book is WOLFEN.About a breed of human consuming
    wolf-like creatures. Hollywierd destroyed that one too.Made the WOLFEN
    into Native American Spirit Animals!The book is pretty damn riveting! I loaned my copy years ago & never got it back. Haven’t
    been able to find it, cuz I don’t recall the damn author’s name!
    RESPECTS to the REAL

  13. Rusty Says:

    I hope the 81 do a better job of retaining control over what actually makes it on screen than others in the past.

    Respect to the deserving

  14. RtC Says:

    @RoadWhore THAT’S the one THANKS!
    RESPECTS to the REAL

  15. Road Whore Says:

    @ RtC: You’re welcome, glad I could help.

    @ Rusty: Ain’t that the truth. Tons of ways for this project to go haywire. It would be great if the Clubs would produce internal documentaries.

    Ride Free

  16. jj solari Says:

    they should let me write this movie. when i’m done i’ll have those fuckers electable to the House and Senate. and they’ll all win.

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