The bad blood continues to boil between Frank Darabont and AMC over “The Walking Dead.” After being pushed out of the show in July 2011, the “Mob City” showrunner claims in a new lawsuit that he was entitled to profits that he never received.
Darabont and his agency CAA filed a lawsuit against AMC with the New York Supreme Court. It can be read here courtesy of Deadline. If AMC doesn’t respond to the 73-page complaint by mid-January, the network risks default judgment.
According to the document, Darabont says that AMC used underhanded tactics to create an unreasonably high deficit on “The Walking Dead” that deprives him of the profits he is entitled to receive, even though he no longer is a part of the show. He and CAA are asking for a better net profit definition to help remedy this problem.
Darabont also brings up what he alleges is his wrongful termination from AMC. “AMC fired Darabont without cause shortly before Season 2 aired precisely in order to avoid its contractual obligations 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,” the suit reads.
Per his contract, Darabont was supposed to be “locked as executive producer for the life of the Series,” but he says he was stripped of the title after he was knocked out of the show.
In addition, CAA and Darabont say his contract allows him to have the right of “‘First Negotiation’ with regard to any derivative production related to ‘The Walking Dead.'” The lawsuit says that means he should have credit on and receive a percentage of profits from “Talking Dead,” and that AMC breached its contract with him by not offering Darabont a part in “The Walking Dead’s” companion series.
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