After their partnership that resulted in the successful show "The Walking Dead", Frank Darabont and AMC are now not on good terms. In fact, the former showrunner of the popular horror series is taking legal action against the network, claiming that he's owed "tens of millions of dollars of profits" from the show.
In the lawsuit filed on Tuesday, December 17 in New York state court, Darabont accuses the cable channel of breach of contract. It's additionally hinted that his abrupt exit in July 2011 was partly caused by a standoff over Darabont's profit participation, which has been ongoing since February the same year.
Darabont's lawyer Dale Kinsella tells The Hollywood Reporter, "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."
Darabont, who developed the TV series based on Robert Kirkman's comic books, claims he and his agents at CAA have never received $1 for his promised profit participation in hit show. According to the suit, as of September 2012 AMC claimed the show was running a deficit of $49 million.
"Because of AMC's outrageous and improper formula, the profits pool in which [Darabont and CAA] participate may always be in deficit no matter how long-running and successful the series is," part of the suit reads.
It additionally alleges that AMC "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."