'The Walking Dead' Creator Frank Darabont To Sue AMC Over Show Profits

When Frank Darabont was fired from The Walking Dead by its network AMC there was confusion surrounding his exit and neither party seemed willing to comment on why he had been ousted, with AMC in particular keeping quiet on the axing. More than two year later and it seems as though Darabont is still hung up about his axing from the show, so he has done like all Americans do when faced in a seemingly unfair situation; he sued.

The Walking Dead
Since he was ousted from the show Darabont has been replaced by showrunners Glen Mazzara and Scott M. Gimple

On Tuesday, 17 December, Darabont filed a law suit again AMC at a New York court, with the series creator claiming for unpaid profit in his lawsuit. According to The Hollywood Reporter, who gained access to the legal documents, Daramont and AMC have been locked in a stalemate over profits since February 2011, with the papers hinting that Daramont may have been fired over this payment dispute. It seems that, as series creator, Daramont is after some of AMC's profit margin earned by the show, with the cable company unwilling to give him a single cent since the dispute began in 2011.

Darabont and his agents at CAA claim that they have never received a payment from AMC for the much-watched show, which is No. 1 in the ratings for the adults aged 18 - 49 demographic, despite being promised otherwise. In the suit he also claims that because AMC both produces and airs the show, their approach has been specifically set up so Daramont does not receive profit from the show. On the counter, AMC claim that the show is running a $49 million deficit that would make it financially impossible to pay Daramont what he wants.

Darabont also claims in his lawsuit that he was told production for he show would be handled by an unaffiliated studio and that he would receive as much as 12.5% of profits following standard industry deductions. The suit goes on to claim that, when AMC began producing the show in-house, he repeatedly asked AMC how his profits would continue to flow in, with AMC only ever telling him that they wanted to wait and see how the show performs.

The studio "fired Darabont without cause shortly before Season 2 aired precisely in order to avoid its contractual obligation to pay him increased profits (which vested fully at the conclusion of Season 2) and to avoid its obligation to negotiate to hire him as showrunner for Season 3," Darabont's suit claims. Darbont's lead lawyer, Dale Kinsella, also said to THR, "AMC's conduct toward Frank to date has been nothing short of atrocious. Unfortunately, the fans of The Walking Dead have suffered as well by being deprived of his creative talent."

Frank is seeking payment estimated somewhere in the millions for his involvement in the show and also wants a cut of the profits earned by The Talking Dead and the upcoming spin-off AMC are currently developing.

Rick Grimes
What would Rick make of all this?


Contactmusic

Tags: Frank Darabont


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Paramount Australia Apologizes For Insensitive 9/11 "TMNT" Promo Poster

Following severe backlash, Paramount Pictures have pulled the Teenage...

Paramount Australia Apologizes For Insensitive 9/11

Louis Lombardi, Kiefer Sutherland's '24' co-star, Slams Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Ruthless Diss

The recent feud Freddie Prinze Jr., started with Kiefer Sutherland has...

Louis Lombardi, Kiefer Sutherland's '24' co-star, Slams Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Ruthless Diss

Horns - Trailer

Ig Perrish wakes up after a particularly drunken night with a very sore head - though, as it turns out, this is no...

Horns Trailer

Chloe Moretz Is Definitely Not Worrying About Relationships Or Dating: "That's Not My Style"

Unlike most 17 year-old girls, Chloe Grace Moretz's life doesn't revolve...

Chloe Moretz Is Definitely Not Worrying About Relationships Or Dating:

"Consciously Uncoupled" Paltrow, Martin, Reunite At The Screening Of Simon Pegg's New Movie

Conscious uncoupling or not, there may still be hope for Gwyneth Paltrow...

CBS Change Halle Berry's 'Extant' Air Time To Improve Ratings

Fans of CBS's new sci-fi series 'Extant' will now have to wait an extra...

 CBS Change Halle Berry's 'Extant' Air Time To Improve Ratings
Advertisement

Whiplash - Trailer

Andrew Neyman is a jazz drummer whose massive ambition has landed him a place at a prestigious American music academy. It's there he is picked...

Whiplash Trailer

Could Harrison Ford Be Preparing To Return To 'Star Wars' Set After Leg Break? Actor Spotted Waking Without Cast

Harrison Ford is proving why he is one tough man! After breaking his leg...

 Could Harrison Ford Be Preparing To Return To 'Star Wars' Set After Leg Break? Actor Spotted Waking Without Cast

Zac Efron Opens Up To Bear Grylls About Substance Abuse Past

Zac Efron is one of Hollywood's most sought actors and has lived most...

 Zac Efron Opens Up To Bear Grylls About Substance Abuse Past


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Frank Darabont Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Frank Darabont

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All