In a world filled with allegations of stolen ideas in Hollywood comes another lawsuit, this one has to do with AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead. According to Deadline, AMC, Robert Kirkman, Skybound, Valhalla Entertainment and executive producer David Alpert are all named in a copyright suit from Mel Smith.
Smith is claiming that the second season of Fear The Walking Dead was made based on his Dead Ahead comic book series from Image Comics. The complaint says that, “Within the last three years, defendants, and each of them, infringed plaintiff’s copyright in DEAD AHEAD by, among other things, broadcasting or otherwise exploiting the second season of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.” It continues to say that, “Portions of that season’s 13 episodes were copied from plaintiff’s copyrighted literary work DEAD AHEAD.”
Like the majority of copyright claims, Smith is looking for damages and a jury trial. One interesting note about the claim is that Smiths says that Alpert was his “agent representative for the purposes of consulting with motion picture and television studios on the use or exploitation of DEAD AHEAD.”
Besides this allegation against Alpert in specific, a good part of the second season of Fear The Walking Dead did in fact take place in the ocean as the characters were looking to escape the chaos in Los Angeles. Smith’s Dead Ahead also takes place in the same environment. Coincidence? Smith thinks not.
AMC has not responded to the lawsuit. What are your thoughts on on this lawsuit? Someone else just trying to get a piece? Let us know in the comment section below!
AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead returns to television August 12th, for the second half of its fourth season.
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