THE WALKING DEAD Set To Shamble Into A Courtroom: Darabont Says He’s Owed Money
It’s no secret that Frank Darabont isn’t happy with the way his time with The Walking Dead went down. A few weeks ago when he started promoting his new show, Mob City with Jon Bernthal, he let loose another salvo of razor-sharp words aimed at the executive producers and AMC. Well now it seems the Darabont/Walking Dead saga is far from over. It was revealed today that Darabont will be suing AMC for “tens of millions” of dollars.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Darabont claims he is owed millions of dollars in profits from the smash-hit show (now in its fourth season). Darabont developed and executive produced the series for TV, but AMC never spelled out how he would share in the show’s financial success. It’s all very complex legalese, but Bleeding Cool summed it up where you can at least wrap your head around it:
AMC never spelled out Darabont’s “profit participation” in the series until it became evident it was a hit, then used “an unconscionably low license fee formula” to ensure that each episode was guaranteed to have a deficit instead of a profit, so Darabont would never be paid his percentage. It’s able to do this because it both produces and distributes the show, in house, something that’s not an issue on AMC’s other shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
Darabont also claims one of the reasons he was fired was due to AMC trying to save money. He was let go before they would have had to rehire him through season 3 and pay him a considerable amount of money. It’s a lot of jargon, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to some of us, but Darabont wants money he thinks he’s owed. This will probably be a long, drawn out courtroom battle and I’m sure the director will be happy to share his real thoughts about everything when the time comes. What do you think about Darabont trying to get what he sees he’s owed? We’ve heard his side of things many times, but do you side with him or AMC now?
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