Netflix’s Outer Banks is being sued for allegedly stealing the story

Outer Banks Season 1. Courtesy of Netflix
Outer Banks Season 1. Courtesy of Netflix /

Outer Banks premiered on Netflix in April of this year and viewers are already looking forward to seeing what happens in season 2. Created by Josh Pate, Jonas Pate, and Shannon Burke, the series stars Chase Stokes as John B., a young man whose treasure hunting father has been missing for nine months.

John B., along with his friends Kiara (Madison Bailey), Pope (Jonathan Daviss), Sarah (Madelyn Cline), and JJ (Rudy Pankow), decides to search for a legendary treasure that his father had been pursuing for 20 years.

The series has a little something for everyone. It’s a coming-of-age story, but it also has elements of romance, mystery, and adventure. However, it’s not all sandy beaches and blue skies today. As reported by Deadline, Outer Banks is currently being sued for copyright infringement.

Why is Outer Banks on Netflix being sued?

According to a North Carolina high school teacher named Kevin Wooten, certain aspects about the plot of Outer Banks were allegedly taken directly from his 2016 novel Pennywise: The Hunt For Blackbeard’s Treasure!.

Both Pennywise: The Hunt For Blackbeard’s Treasure! and Outer Banks take place in the outer banks of North Carolina. They share a few more similarities: Both works of fiction feature a group of treasure hunting teens and a wealthy antagonist racing to find the fortune for themselves.

Kevin Wooten is seeking monetary reparation for what he feels was stolen from him by the show’s creators, Jonas Pate and Joshua Pate. He also claims that he sold several copies of his novel in Wilmington, North Carolina, where one of the Pate brothers happens to live. You can find more documents regarding the legal proceedings here.

Netflix has not yet publicly spoken about the situation.

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