Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Photo: Gale Anne Hurd and Frank Darabont at Comic Con 2011

By now, every fan of The Walking Dead knows that when Frank Darabont was ousted as showrunner in the middle of the show’s second season, it was not a harmonious split. Frank was unceremoniously fired from the show and replaced by Glen Mazzara, who himself was replaced by current showrunner Scott Gimple. In recent years Frank’s opened up about just how terribly AMC treated him, the cast, and crew.

Now Deadline reports that Frank is at least attempting to get even, by suing the network for proceeds from TWD, Talking Dead, and Robert Kirkman’s proposed spin-off set to air on AMC in 2015. In his lawsuit filed today, December 17, with the New York Supreme Court, Frank claims he was not only wrongfully terminated from the show all those years ago, but that he hasn’t received any compensation, which was entitled to him as profit participant.

In the lawsuit Frank and his agency, CAA, have accused AMC of “self dealing” by setting an “unrealistically low licensing fee” for TWD, thus not paying profit participants like Frank. The current Mob City showrunner is asking for unspecified “monetary damages” to be determined by a jury trial.

According to Deadline, however, it’s unlikely that Frank’s case will go to trial. The publication points out that there have been several “self-dealing” cases since the mid-'90s, and all of them were eventually settled out of court. So far, AMC has declined to comment on Frank’s recent actions, and sources say that when Frank and CAA attempted to resolve these issues before filing the lawsuit, they were “fundamentally rebuffed” by the network.

It’s hard to believe that Frank hasn’t received any money from helping to develop the hugely successful series, but his lengthy lawsuit claims just that. The document reads in part, “despite four seasons of unprecedented programming success and profitability for (AMC), Darabont has not received and may never receive one dollar in Profits for developing the Series.”

And even though Frank’s relationship with TWD is long over, he still wants to “be locked as executive producer for the life of the Series” since his EP credit was wrongfully taken from him when he was fired.

Yikes, this seems pretty messy to us! Do you think Frank will win this lawsuit, or do you foresee another outcome? Tell us your predictions below!

Source: Deadline