Frank Darabont Lawsuit Back In The News
The controversies around the first few seasons of The Walking Dead and the original showrunner Frank Darabont (writer, The Shawshank Redemption) have been in the news for quite a while, and they’re getting even more controversial.
As part of an ongoing lawsuit with the AMC network and Darabont, some very profane emails have recently been released, that came from the former showrunner of the hit zombie drama.
In one email, Darabont actually wrote, “If it were up to me, I’d have not only fired [the two writers], I’d have hunted down and f—-king killed them with a brick, then gone and burned down their homes…”
Darabont Fired Halfway Through Season 2
Fox News reports:
“Darabont, who co-created “The Walking Dead” TV series, was fired in the middle of Season 2. According to Variety, he is now suing the network claiming that he was unfairly kept from reaping the profits of the now immensely successful show.”
“AMC alleges that he’s not entitled to the full sum because he never actually finished Season 2, as the contract stipulated. As part of the suit, the network released emails sent by Darabont during production in an attempt to show that his firing was not unjustified.”
Darabont Relates Stress To Emails
At the center of the lawsuit, of course, there is a lot of money involved. In this newest development, the former executive has come out to defend himself, saying that the emails didn’t have context for the trial.
“Each of these emails must be considered in context,” said Darabont. “They were sent during an intense and stressful two-year period of working during which I was fighting like a mother lion to protect the show from harm – not only on my own behalf, but ironically also on behalf of AMC.”
Do you think he went too far in these controversial emails?