The movie in question is Wild Hogs, starring John Travolta and Tim Allen, and filming starts in the autumn for a release in 2007.
Disney describes it as a story about a group of budding motorcyclists who set out on a road trip, on which they run into a chapter of Hell’s Angels. The real group says characters in the film are specifically identified as its members, wearing the organisation’s famous death’s head logo. They have accused Disney of not providing them with a copy of the Wild Hogs screenplay. A Disney spokesman dismissed the legal action as “without merit”.
The Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Corporation (HAMC) was founded in Fontana, California 1948, billing itself “a motorcycle enthusiasts’ club”, and now has chapters all over the world. The origins of the name are debatable. It first appeared in the 1930 film Hell’s Angels, directed by Howard Hughes and starring Jean Harlow. Others contend it was set up by former members of the Hell’s Angels B-17 bomber group from the Second World War, anxious to find new excitement after hostilities had ended.