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'Walking Dead' Creator to AMC

I'll Cremate You

In Court

12/17/2013 2:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1217-walking-dead-amcThe creator of "The Walking Dead" -- one of the most popular shows on TV -- wants his pound of flesh from AMC -- to the tune of TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

Frank Darabont was the mastermind who adapted the popular comic book into a series back in 2009.  He claims in his suit he would get 12.5% of the profits, but he claims AMC unceremoniously fired him in 2011 and he hasn't received a penny.

Here's what he says is especially galling.  The show is a juggernaut, sometimes even beating Sunday Night Football.  Yet AMC tells him the show is operating at a deficit.  Darabont says AMC has outright defrauded him by producing and distributing the show to itself and essentially cooking the books to screw him out of his share.

What really pisses him off ... Darabont says the creator of "Mad Men" -- which also airs on AMC -- gets a huge cut of a $3 million fee PER EPISODE, even though "Mad Men" gets less than 1/4 of the viewership of "The Walking Dead."

Darabont wants 10s of millions of dollars.  And this is kinda funny.  He also wants a cut of "The Talking Dead," the talk show that follows each episode.

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1.

Kelly    

Typical stealing. I hope he has a good lawyer.

227 days ago
2.

nof    

Team_Frank and it's a no-brainer.

The Writers Guild will back him on all this.

227 days ago
3.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

dumb show

227 days ago
4.

Kris    

He deserves every penny. AMC clearly in the wrong here.

227 days ago
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firebaby    

pay the man... frank darabont's genius is what brought the show to life... not surprisingly it's gone downhill since his departure...
and considering his name still shows up in the opening credits 3 seasons later, yeah, pay the man...

227 days ago
6.

jr    

Might want to be clear Frank Darabont DEVELOPED both 'The Walking Dead' & 'Mad Men' for TV. The 'TWD' comic was created by Robert Kirkman

227 days ago
7.

I'm Awesome admit it     

Shows not even that good lol

227 days ago
8.

me    

Pay the man. NEXT!

227 days ago
9.

Shining_Blind    

Seriously pay him. damn.

227 days ago
10.

nick van capelleveen    

walking dead sucks balls.

227 days ago
11.

missanne    

The beginning seasons of this show were awesome!! But now im in the middle of season 3 and its gone so far down hill that I dont even know why im still watching it..... the guy still deserves some money for this.. amc shouldn't be so s***my..

227 days ago
12.

jay26mc    

Great show.

227 days ago
13.

RachesRules    

Besides Boardwalk Empire, best show on TV right now. I have a hard time believing this guy hasn't been paid. Sounds like he just wasn't paid 'enough'.

227 days ago
14.

CyndiChainsaW    

#teamFrank

227 days ago
15.

Just My Opinion    

WTF? Something actually beat out Sunday Night Football? UNREAL!! I thought all the zombies tune into that too, and not just the couch potatoes, or all the ones that talk more to the football players on tv than their poor football widow wives.

227 days ago
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