Hey, remember when Frank Darabont was taken out of The Walking Dead equation by the sociopaths at AMC? The creator — and former showrunner — of the hugely popular series took that ousting as fuel for his current lawsuit against the network which he filed back in 2013.
While there is still probably a year left before this thing actually makes it into an actual court, THR reports that Darabont is looking to amend the lawsuit with new allegations that AMC has breached his original contract resulting in millions of dollars in damages:
“Several months after this litigation commenced, AMC Studios changed the way that it accounted to Darabont by issuing participation statements in a new multi-page format,” states the proposed amended complaint. “Based on this new format and deposition testimony in this litigation, it is now evident that AMC Studios has improperly reduced Darabont’s Developed By Profits from 10% to 7.5%, and improperly reduced Darabont’s EP/Showrunner Profits from 2.5% to 1.875%, in both instances treating Darabont’s Profit participation as only 75% vested.”
AMC agreed to give Darabont his due for all six episodes of the show’s first season as well as half from its sophomore outing. However, Darabont claims he delivered showrunner services on the entirety of the show’s second season which would entitle him to 2.5 percent of the profits for “all episodes of the Series for the life of the Series.”
The amended complaint — which can be read in full here — states, “If Plaintiffs prevail on the claim that Defendants’ imputed license fee is improper and well below fair market value, each individual percentage point is likely to be worth several million dollars.”
Damn, who could’ve predicted zombies on TV would be so damn profitable?
Oh, right…Frank Darabont did. My bad.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)