The Walking Dead co-creator and Executive Producer Robert Kirkman, Executive Producer Glen Mazzara, Executive Producer David Alpert, and Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd filed a lawsuit against network AMC in 2017 for breach of contract, tortious interference and unfair or fraudulent business acts under California business code.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Buckley ruled Wednesday that Kirkman would be able to have a mini-trial starting February 10, 2020 to resolve contract interpretations with AMC. The mini-trial is part of the lawsuit he filed with other Executive Producers against the network.
If a settlement isn’t reached, the case, which was rumored to have potential damages reaching $1 billion, could go to trial summer 2021.
This isn’t the only current The Walking Dead lawsuit against AMC at the moment either. Former showrunner Frank Darabont has a lawsuit for $280 million in unpaid development fees on The Walking Dead after being fired in the middle of season two. The lawsuit was initially filed in 2013 and following a reading of Kirkman’s contract, Darabont filed a second lawsuit against AMC in 2018. Darabont’s trial is set for May 2020.