Creator of hit TV series 'The Walking Dead' sues AMC

The creator behind the hit TV series "The Walking Dead" is suing the cable network AMC claiming that he was cheated out of profits.

Frank Darabont, who developed the TV show about a zombie apocalypse and was fired after the first season, filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in a New York State Supreme Court.

Darabont said that the way AMC is calculating the show's licensing fees is depriving him and other participants of tens of millions of dollars, the lawsuit stated.

(Read more: The market is seeinga new crop of zombie stocks)

AMC spokesman Jim Maiella declined to comment.

Gene Page | AMC

Based on a comic book series by the same name, "The Walking Dead" follows a sheriff's deputy as he tries to save survivors from flesh-eating zombies.

Already in its fourth season, the series has been a huge success. In October its season premier drew its largest audience in the show's history with more than 16 million viewers.

AMC, owned by AMC Networks, is also home to the hit series "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad."

(Read more: Squawking with'Walking Dead' Daryl, sans crossbow)

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the lawsuit.

By Reuters