James Cameron sued over Avatar

2011-12-20 13:55

Los Angeles - James Cameron is being sued by a science fiction writer who claims the director stole his idea for Avatar.

Bryant Moore is seeking $2.5bn from the Academy Award-winning director and 20th Century Fox claiming that James based the 2009 movie on his screenplays Aquatica and Descendants: The Pollination.

James' attorney Bert Fields has slammed the lawsuit, telling The Wrap: "Mr Cameron was demonstrably the author of Avatar. We can prove that, and we intend to prove that in court."

He added that any claim alleging that someone other than the director had authored the movie was "entirely without merit".

Second lawsuit

A spokesperson for Fox called the suit "baseless", and added "we look forward to vigorously defending our position".

Moore - who cites numerous similarities between the projects including the appearance of mist in a scene - is seeking $1.5bn in actual damages, and $1bn in punitive damages.

He claims other likenesses between the projects include bioluminescent flora/plant life, unbreathable atmospheres, spiritual connections to environment and reincarnation and blue and green skin on the characters.

This is the second lawsuit this month against James, with Eric Ryder claiming the movie was largely lifted from his story idea, "and liberally and substantially uses material" that fell under his agreement with the director's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment.

Comments

  • Blade - 2011-12-20 14:33

    I would like to sue him for my movie ticket money and time wasted watching that crap.

  • johannboth - 2011-12-20 14:40

    And the writer of Pocahontas should also sue, as its basic the same story just set in the future.

      Doublepost - 2011-12-20 15:13

      And the script writers, director and producers of "Dancing with Wolves"! The guy just took the idea of the Colonials and Native Americans and turned it into an "Alien" flick, Aliens is in inverted commas because they were not Aliens, they were freaking 9 foot tall blue cats!

      ruanpretorius1980 - 2011-12-20 15:59

      And Larry and Andy Wachowski for his use of the robots operated by humans at the end, HUGELY inspired by the Matrix Revolutions end scenes!

  • Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-20 14:52

    a little late don't you think... maybe he was in a coma?

  • Hennie - 2011-12-20 22:05

    Can I sue him for having a dream like that years before he made the movie? I knew the CIA were scanning my brain waves. LOL

  • Pixie86 - 2011-12-31 16:44

    and the writer notices the similarities now?

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