Frank Darabont and Creative Artists Agency have revived their legal battle against AMC over "The Walking Dead." Deadline reports that Darabont and CAA filed an amended complaint Tuesday in New York Supreme Court, seeking potentially millions in damages following Darabont's exit from the massively successful show after its first season.
In the amended complaint, it's alleged that Darabont's participation profits were lowered after the original litigation was filed in December 2013, with Darabont's "Developed By Profits" lowered from 10 percent to 7.5 percent, and his "EP/Showrunner Profits" lowered from 2.5 to 1.875 percent. Given the amount of money generated by "The Walking Dead," that could mean additional millions beyond what Darabont and CAA sought in the original complaint.
The new complaint also mentions soon-to-debut spinoff "Fear The Walking Dead," dubbing it a "derivative works of the Series" that Darabont deserves payment and credit for.
Another change in the amended complaint, Deadline notes, is the wording of Darabont's exit from the series -- now acknowledging the network has the "contractual 'pay or play' right to remove Darabont," though still stating that AMC "summarily fired Darabont without cause, without notice, without explanation, and without any opportunity to cure."
It remains to be seen how AMC will respond to the amended complaint. In February 2014, approximately two months after Darabont and CAA's original complaint was filed, the network responded, calling it a "baseless lawsuit built on claims that have no merit."
Darabont and CAA's original suit claimed the network set an unrealistically low license fee for "The Walking Dead," in order to limit the pool of funds paid out to profit participants, and that Darabont was wrongfully fired from the show. Litigation has since been ongoing, with no ruling made.
AMC's "The Walking Dead," based on the Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman and illustrated originally by Tony Moore and currently by Charlie Adlard, debuted on Halloween 2010 as an instant ratings hit. Darabont served as showrunner of the first season and developed the comic for television, before being fired in July 2011, three months before the start of season two. The show has steadily grown in popularity, spawning a true multimedia franchise.