New lawsuit claims Stephen King stole the idea for his main "Dark Tower" character

New lawsuit claims Stephen King stole the idea for his main "Dark Tower" characterStephen King is now facing a lawsuit for stealing the idea for his main man in "The Dark Tower" series from a famous comic book character also known as a gunslinger, according to TMZ.

The creator of "The Rook" comics claims King's protagonist, Roland Deschain, is based on his main character, Restin Dane. He says Deschain has striking similarities to Dane other than just their initials - both are "time-traveling, monster-fighting, quasi-immortal, romantic adventure heroes."

"The Rook" creator also points out King's Deschain dresses like a cowboy despite not being from the Old West - just like Restin Dane - and the towers in both books look the same.

The creator of The Rook comics is seeking more than $500 million in damages and compensation, TMZ reported.

According to the legal documents seen by the website, the character of Restin Dane was featured in more than 5 million comics between 1977 and 1983 and King has acknowledged that he read those stories.

The horror writer's first book in the Dark Tower series was published in 1982.

The news about the suit came just in time when Sony released the first footage from the Hollywood movie of The Dark Tower at CinemaCon 2017.
The movie is heading to theatres this July starring Idris Elba Matthew McConaughey in the lead roles.
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