Robert Kirkman Suing AMC Over ‘The Walking Dead’ Profits After Switching to Amazon
Just a few short weeks after former showrunner Frank Darabont’s lawsuit against AMC ramped up the tension, The Walking Dead crew seems to be imploding.
Several TWD producers — including creator Robert Kirkman — are suing the network over the show’s profits.
Just last week Robert announced his overall deal with Amazon Studios — he will oversee the streaming company’s new slate of horror and sci-fi content.
The news shocked Walker Stalkers — AMC without Robert?
Well, now we know why the TWD creator is jumping ship.
Frank’s lawsuit alleges AMC has refused to pay fair market value for the show’s license fee — which in turn resulted in a smaller share of the profits for Frank.
AMC pointed to showrunner Gale Ann Hurd’s acceptance of the license fee as proof they were in the right, Variety reports.
Surprisingly, Gale is joining Robert, along with execs Glen Mazzara and David Alpert, in their suit against the network.
Their claims echo Frank’s; they allege AMC’s in-house studio scams profits from those who should receive a larger share.
Robert’s lawsuit includes sister show Fear the Walking Dead and after-show Talking Dead with Chris Hardwick.
That’s a lot of money hanging in the balance.
AMC’s response has been firm: the network refuses to lend any credence to the accusations.
“These kinds of lawsuits are fairly common in entertainment and they all have one thing in common – they follow success. Virtually every studio that has had a successful show has been the target of litigation like this, and The Walking Dead has been the #1 show on television for five years in a row, so this is no surprise,” their statement reads.
“We have enormous respect and appreciation for these plaintiffs, and we will continue to work with them as partners, even as we vigorously defend against this baseless and predictably opportunistic lawsuit.”
Frank has been feuding with the network for years, but things began heating up when AMC released some violent emails penned by the director last month.
The obscene emails gave us a candid look at the behind-the-scenes drama that has been circling the show for years.
That same week, the set was rocked by the shocking deaths of both stuntman John Bernecker — who died while performing a Season 8 stunt — and voice actor Randy Schell, who died in a skydiving accident.
Seriously, not a good week for this crew.
There’s no telling how all this drama will affect Season 8.
Looks like we’ll just have to watch and find out.
The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.