The North Carolina teacher, named Kevin Wooten, accuses Outer Banks creators Jonas Pate and Joshua Pate of stealing the plot of his 2016 young adult novel, Pennywise: The Hunt For Blackbeard’s Treasure!.
Both set in the outer banks of North Carolina, Pennywise and Outer Banks, follow a group of teenagers who find themselves in possession of a treasure map and embark on a search for hidden riches. According to the lawsuit, both the novel and series feature a rich villain who also seeks the treasure.
Additionally, Wooten’s lawsuit accuses the series creators for copying the his original novel’s setting, character and plot. He also claims he sold a number of his copies in Wilmington, where one of the Pate brothers lives.
The North Carolina instructor seeks statutory damages, punitive actions, royalties and a credit line in the series, the lawsuit states.
Netflix did not respond to request for comment on the complaint.