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It looked like the heated, long-running dispute over The Walking Dead profits was nearing an end — but, just weeks before Frank Darabont and AMC were set to face off before a jury, the trial has been postponed for another year because of the pandemic.
Darabont first sued in 2013, launching a legal battle that has spawned almost as many spinoffs as the series itself. Darabont had been set for an April 26, 2021, trial — until AMC asked for a delay because of the pandemic.
On Tuesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice Joel M. Cohen agreed to push the trial until April 4, 2022, with jury selection beginning a week before that.
There’s still a chance the trial could happen earlier. Cohen told Darabont and AMC that if a window for a five-week jury trial opens up on his calendar before then, and pandemic conditions aren’t an issue, they should “use their best efforts” to make themselves available.
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