Frank Darabont Sues AMC Over “WALKING DEAD” Profits
Just when you thought his bark was worse than his bite, Frank Darabont has officially drawn blood in his feud with AMC, suing the network over a breach of contract regarding profits from the smash hit show THE WALKING DEAD. The suit, which was broken publicly by The Hollywood Reporter, alleged that Darabont had been planning action from before his exit on the show and might have attributed to his abrupt exit days after the 2011 Comic Con that truly showed the show’s potential for greener pastures.
According to the suit, Darabont claims he had previously developed the show for little pay with the promise of profit participation from AMC. After the show had debuted to massive ratings, AMC began demanding budget cuts and creative demands, which led to fierce resistance from the filmmaker and eventually his dismissal from the show. Despite his name still appearing in the opening credits and the show nearly tripling its initial ratings, Darabont claims to have received none of his promised participation from THE WALKING DEAD. So far, AMC has not yet commented on the suit.
Darabont is also requesting parts of the profit from the show’s spinoffs, including the companion program TALKING DEAD and the in-development side series being developed by Robert Kirkman. Darabont’s exit from the show has long been a controversial topic amongst horror fans, one that resulted in many cast and crew members of the show departing as well (including Jeffrey DeMunn and Jon Bernthal in the second Season, who now appear on Darabont’s MOB CITY). Meanwhile, THE WALKING DEAD still hasn’t suffered in terms of success, as the show is still AMC’s highest rated program and virtually changed the future of the company’s programming.