Netflix and creators of Outer Banks sued over ‘stealing’ plot of teen drama from author K.W. Wooten

Independently-published author K.W. Wooten has reportedly sued Netflix and the creators of Outer Banks for ‘stealing’ the plot of their teen drama, which started streaming April 15.

In 2016, Wooten released Pennywise: The Hunt for Blackbeard’s Treasure! about four young adults discovering buried treasure from a fabled shipwreck along North Carolina‘s outer banks.

‘The archetypes of his protagonists and those of the show are almost identical,’ the lawsuit claimed – according to TMZ.  

Legal woes: Independently-published author K.W. Wooten (pictured May 22) has reportedly sued Netflix and the creators of Outer Banks for 'stealing' the plot of their teen drama

Legal woes: Independently-published author K.W. Wooten (pictured May 22) has reportedly sued Netflix and the creators of Outer Banks for ‘stealing’ the plot of their teen drama

In 2016, Wooten released Pennywise: The Hunt for Blackbeard's Treasure! about four young adults discovering buried treasure from a fabled shipwreck along North Carolina's outer banks

The lawsuit claimed: 'The archetypes of his protagonists and those of the show are almost identical. And so are the villains - namely, a rich benefactor and a corrupt cop'

‘The protagonists and villains are almost identical’: In 2016, Wooten released Pennywise: The Hunt for Blackbeard’s Treasure! about four young adults discovering buried treasure from a fabled shipwreck along North Carolina’s outer banks

‘And so are the villains – namely, a rich benefactor and a corrupt cop. He also says the plot is virtually the same … including clues they find and places it leads them to.’

K. (first name Kevin) noted that co-creators Jonas & Josh Pate said they got the inspiration for Outer Banks while living in Wilmington where he had published hard copies of Pennywise.

Wooten demands that the creators (including Shannon Burke) add a title card in the opening credits highlighting him and his Goonies-style novel, and he’s also after damages.

Meanwhile, the cast and crew of Outer Banks have been hard at work filming the second season of the adventure mystery.

'The plot is virtually the same': K.W. noted that co-creators Jonas & Josh Pate (pictured April 20) said they got the inspiration for Outer Banks while living in Wilmington where he had published hard copies of Pennywise

‘The plot is virtually the same’: K.W. noted that co-creators Jonas & Josh Pate (pictured April 20) said they got the inspiration for Outer Banks while living in Wilmington where he had published hard copies of Pennywise

Pay up: Wooten demands that the creators (including Shannon Burke) add a title card in the opening credits highlighting him and his Goonies-style novel, and he's also after damages

Pay up: Wooten demands that the creators (including Shannon Burke) add a title card in the opening credits highlighting him and his Goonies-style novel, and he’s also after damages

'Five wild pooks appeared': Meanwhile, the cast and crew of Outer Banks have been hard at work filming the second season of the adventure mystery (pictured September 4)

 ‘Five wild pooks appeared’: Meanwhile, the cast and crew of Outer Banks have been hard at work filming the second season of the adventure mystery (pictured September 4)

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