2020 Netflix series Outer Banks has been embroiled in a copyright case.
North Carolina Teacher Kevin Wooten, the author of the 2016 novel “Pennywise: The Hunt for Blackbeard’s Treasure” claims that Netflix and the creators of Outer Banks got the plot for the show from his book.
The suit alleges that both the show and the book share striking similarities, including that they take place in the Outer Banks, have the same amount of main characters that share similar storylines, feature antagonists “consisting of a rich benefactor and a corrupt member of law enforcement” and discover similar clues leading them to buried treasure, which is then stolen by said antagonists.
The description of Wooten’s book reads: “Benjamin and Nathaniel Pennywise, along with their uncle, Ottaway Burns, discover a clue while diving off the coast of Ocracoke that takes them on an adventure spanning two continents. They must outwit a sinister group of treasure hunters who will stop at nothing to lay hold to the chest so they can use its contents to further their agenda.”
Josh Pate, Jonas Pate and Shannon Burke are credited as the show’s creators.
Netflix is yet to comment.