The "Walking Dead" profits lawsuit is still undead.
Ousted co-creator and showrunner Frank Darabont and the talent agency CAA sued AMC in 2013 over profits from the show and its spinoff, and now a judge has ruled that their case has to go to trial, Variety reports. Darabont and CAA are seeking a larger share of the shows' profits, while AMC's lawyers have called it a "money grab." A trial will give a jury a chance to evaluate the case and reach a decision.
Darabont initially developed and executive produced the show, but he was fired in 2011, during Season 2. Court documents in 2017 revealed what an AMC lawyer called "volatile and disturbing" interactions between Darabont and his colleagues that led to his forced exit, as TV Guide reported in 2017. However, he was still entitled to a share of the ongoing profits based on his contract.
At the crux of their dispute are the licensing fees that AMC Networks must pay AMC Studios for the show. That number determines how much Darabont's receives in profits, and he claims the fees were set at a rate below market value, thus bringing down his compensation. He argues that he was underpaid by $280 million.
It will be up to a jury to decide, as Judge Eileen Bransten did not rule in favor of either side's interpretation of their agreement. And so the long-lasting lawsuit continues.