Now, I’m the kind of person who likes to see the big picture before establishing an opinion on a topic. That being said, you’d have to have humongous balls to accuse Stephen King, one of the most prolific writers or horror or any genre, of plagiarism. That’s what the folks at Warren Publishing are doing.
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 video below compares some imagery from The Rook against King’s Gunslinger.
One thing making this suit extremely suspect is the timing of its arrival: Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has been in the news a lot lately, as a film adaptation directed by Nikolaj Arcel (starring Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, and Tom Taylor) hits US Theaters on July 28th. Considering The Rook completed its run in 1983, it seems more than simply suspicious that Warren has waited over 3 decades to seek restitution.
Just how much scratch are they looking to extract from King? $500M!
Here’s what we know about The Dark Tower movie so far:
Official Synopsis: The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on” in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world. The Dark Tower stars Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, and Idris Elba and is slated for US Theatrical release on July 28th.
Stephen King originally published the first Dark Tower novel back in 1982; it’s unique in the bestselling author’s pantheon for its inclusion of western elements, along with horror and sci-fi. The Dark Tower series includes 8 books total, meaning this summer’s film could be the beginning of an enduring and profitable franchise.