It’s trouble in (undead) paradise for The Walking Dead – former showrunner Frank Darabont is suing AMC, alleging that the cable channel breached his contract and deprived him of tens of millions of dollars in profits.
Now, I don’t know whether there’s any basis for the suit, but Darabont’s pedigree is not in doubt, having worked on The Shawkshank Redemption (1994) and The Green Mile (1999). I interviewed Sarah Wayne Callies, who played Lori Grimes, in my old job at The Straits Times, and can recall her saying that she got on the show mainly because she wanted to work with Darabont, “one of the great storytellers of our time.”
Personally, while The Walking Dead remains entertaining, I can’t help feeling that the show has never quite hit the heights that it did during season 1.
It’s worth noting that Glen Mazzara, the man who succeeded Darabont, also left the show abruptly after season 3, and with minimal explanation too. The show is now being run by Scott Gimple. it’s unclear yet if the show might be affected by the suit, but keep watching this space for updates.
What do you think of Frank Darabont suing AMC? How has The Walking Dead been since his departure?