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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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mikeman    

darabont didn't create walking dead, robert kirkman did. this is like saying chris nolan created batman. all those people in that "newsroom" and not one person thought to double check a headline for accuracy?

125 days ago
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Clytemnestra     

I feel for him because Hollywood accounting has been notorious from the first silents. He will need patience and good lawyers and accountants to get the money owed him. And even then millions will go to the aforementioned lawyers, etc. for accounting purposes, some blockbusters show up on the books as financial failures precisely to screw people out of their just compensation. Disgusting and criminal.

125 days ago
18.

cobrazombie    

CORRRLLLLLL!

125 days ago
19.

LaughAtU    

Its "Talking Dead" not "The Talking Dead" you worthless excuse for journalists

125 days ago
20.

Aarin    

For once someone who has a legitimate claim. Go get mthemtiger!

125 days ago
21.

Observer    

Frank not only developed it and made it what it is.....
he 'Deserves' part of what AMC is 'Rolling' in.... $$$

Beside that,
He's a Big Stud creatively (director & writer) and one hell of a Great, Funny and Interesting Guy to hang or work with. He'd never bring this forward if he wasn't really being screwed.

A True Class Act.


As for AMC......

By 'trying' to screw such a talent and name....
They're eating off their own legs!

What MORONS.

125 days ago
22.

Keyser Söze    

If you know anything about AMC's business practice, nothing about this should surprise you.

Tales of their execs trying to steal/take away money from creators/showrunners are plentiful.

125 days ago
23.

SoWhat    

That's the standard Hollywood math at work right there. Only in Hollywood can you spend 100 million on something and it makes 800 million in return yet they still say it's never made a single penny and is still losing money from it.

125 days ago
24.

MileenaJade    

He has every right these claims, and I hope he gets his money!

125 days ago
25.

datruth    

Pay this man...D.A.M.MIT!

125 days ago
26.

buzz kill    

Pay the man!

125 days ago
27.

Rob    

The episodes he directed or produced were still the best looking episodes the show ever had. He tried bringing film quality production values to tv, and they s#it all over him for it.

125 days ago
28.

Rodney    

Dumb show and Isn't the guy who writes the ****ng COMIC BOOK the REAL creator of WALKING DEAD. Guy has NO ****ing case.. He has no claime to ADAPTED WORKS.

125 days ago
29.

DRA1979    

Some of the people commenting are beyond ignorant on this subject. The writer/director/producer Frank Darabount isn't claiming that he created the property. Only a moron would read this and come to that conclusion. The man is an amazing talent. Just look at his IMDB page and you'll see a list of award wining films and television series that he's directed, written,produced, or all thee above. Films like Shawshank Redemption, The Mist, The Green Mile, and television shows like Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and TNT's newest hit Mob City. The man brought this show to AMC, worked with the creators of the comic to produce a mega hit that's about to surpass The Soprano's as far as ratings and viewers if it hasn't already and AMC screwed him over. If nothing else in the article makes sense to you, read the part where AMC is claiming they are losing money on this show. That's just a flat out lie and they need to pay Darabount what they owe him. This isn't some broke nobody that's trying to claim they had in part in something they never even touched. Its clear that he brought it to series and made it work. The guys pretty well off, its not about money. AMC exec's are thieves.

125 days ago
30.

Jacob    

While I think the way AMC treated Frank Darabont was unconscionable, he's NOT the creator. That title goes to Robert Kirkman, who started it all with the comic book.

124 days ago
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