fear the walking dead lawsuit

AMC has been hit with yet another lawsuit over its massively popular The Walking Dead franchise. But this time, it’s the spin-off Fear the Walking Dead engaging in the legal battle.

Dead Ahead author Mel Smith has accused Fear the Walking Dead of copyright infringement after its season 2 arc tread too closely to his book’s premise of a zombie apocalypse at sea.

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This one’s hardly a shocker. The other day we relayed a quote from Mel Smith, director of the George Lucas written- and produced Radioland Murders, who claimed that Lucas has been buying up the film rights for a cadre of actors who have passed on, “in the hope of using computer trickery to put them all together in a movie, so you’d have Orson Welles and Barbara Stanwyck appear alongside today’s stars.”

At the time, I said to expect a blanket denial from LucasFilm, and that has come to pass. Read More »

This is the sort of story that plays right into all the derision aimed at the George Lucas tendency to digitally revamp his own movies, and therefore seems like something you’d just chuckle over and shrug off as rumor-mongering. But then you see that it comes from a former Lucas collaborator: Mel Smith, who directed Radioland Murders. So there’s a reason to at least read all the details.

His story is that George Lucas has “bought up the film rights to dead movie stars” in order to digitally dump them all in one movie. What’s this all about? Find out after the break. Read More »