The Walking Dead : still a trial, the producers turn against the chain AMC

Cinema 15 August, 2017






The series the Walking Dead is once again at the heart of a big business.

As the smell of rot floats on the series of zombies. While the chain is facing since several years the film director and creator of The Walking Dead, Frank Darabont, who accuses him of having broken his contract in 2011, it is the turn of Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara and David Alpert of attacking AMC.

The co-creator and writer of comics The Walking Dead, and executive producer, attacked the chain for similar reasons : according to them, the AMC did not comply with their contracts and arranges with the accounts for their not to donate the profits of their dues.


The army of lawyers, AMC is ready


Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara and David Alpert turned to the american courts, explaining that the chain of AMC takes advantage of the structure of production and distribution to keep a large portion of the profits from the hit series. Between AMC Studio that produced The Walking Dead and AMC Network that broadcasts it, there would be a few pirouettes accountant to ensure that the sum shared between Kirkman and the producers to be revised downward. Kirkman and the other cited examples of Mad Men and Better Call Saul to say that if it were not a collaboration between AMC Studio and the AMC Network, the amounts would be much higher.


In the starting blocks


If the AMC assures us that it is false, and that such accusations are classical in case of success, it is a new blow to the machinery well-oiled machine of The Walking Dead. After the very famous Frank Darabont, who has turned against the chain, see the co-creator and author of comics as well as the producers come out the same accusations will not go unnoticed.

Showrunner of the first season and director of the pilot, Frank Darabont has left the series before the release of season 2, in full production. The truth broke out later : he was fired by AMC after many disagreements and because he refused to bend to budgetary constraints, the chain wishing to reduce costs despite the success.

At the end of 2013, Darabont the attack to justice for having broken his contract : he accuses in particular have used their system of production and distribution between AMC Studio and AMC Network to reduce the amounts paid, and to have it dismissed in a timely manner for not honoring their commitments, in spite of his work almost complete on the second season. After many revelations and stages, the lawyers of Darabont claim more than $ 280 million to CMA, which is fighting on this field in order to avoid going to trial, which could arrive in 2018.

Otherwise, the season 8 of The Walking Dead will begin on October 22 in the United States.