The creator of the horror TV series “Walking Dead”, Frank Darabont, sued AMC for profits. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he accused the network of breach of contract and withholding millions of dollars.
Frank Darabont filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in New York, claiming that he and his agents at CAA have never received a buck from the profits of the series that he created, “Walking Dead”, which is the No. 1 show on TV right now. According to the suit, AMC, which produces and airs the show, will likely never pay Darabont. His lawyer, Dale Kinsella, spoke to THR about the matter, saying that “AMC’s conduct toward Frank to date has been nothing short of atrocious” and that the fans of the TV show have to suffer from Darabont’s abrupt dismissal from the show in July 2011.
Also, the initial terms of the contract, agreed between Darabont and AMC, included the production of “Walking Dead” by an unaffiliated studio and a 12.5 percent of the profits would come his way. Later on, when the TV network decided to produce the show also, Darabont insisted numerous times on spelling out the terms of his profit, but AMC waited to see how the show would be received by the public.
In July 2011, Frank Darabont was fired before the release of Season 2, “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”, according to the suit.
On the other hand, AMC claims that “Walking Dead” is currently running a deficit of $49 million, which means no profit is yet to share.
After his exit from the show, showrunners Glen Mazzara and Scott M. Gimple have followed.
“Walking Dead” is now at its fourth season, which will be reprised in February.