James Cameron sued over Avatar

2013-07-02 16:33
Los Angeles - James Cameron is being sued for $50 million by a British artist over claims he stole ideas for the film Avatar.

The director - whose 3D blockbuster became the highest grossing movie of all time, making more than $2.8 billion worldwide - has been accused of "willful and deliberate copying, dissemination and exploitation" by artist Roger Dean in a lawsuit filed last week.

Dean is claiming that Cameron must have studied his work before making 'Avatar' and that, in particular, the floating islands and massive trees on the fictional planet of Pandora heavily resemble his own paintings.

In legal documents, the artist - described in the papers as "an international artist and designer, whose evocative and visionary images created a new genre of work" - claims Cameron "studied and referenced his art in preparation for the film".

'Substantial similarities'

The papers continued: "The similarities of each such work are substantial, continuing, and direct so as to rule out any accidental copying or similarity in scenes common to the genre."

The artist also pointed out the similarities between the Tree of Life and the Home Tree of Avatar's fictional alien race, the Na'vi, and his works, Pathway and Floating Jungle.

Dean said his claims were backed up by "numerous comments on the internet".

Cameron - who won a best director Oscar for his earlier smash hit Titanic - has said publicly that he first came up with the idea for Avatar in 1995.

The director is currently working on two sequels, the first of which is expected to be released in 2015.


  • Nick Cloete - 2013-07-02 16:55

    Paintings are suppose to inspire people. The paintings inspired Cameron to male Avatar. No copy right.

  • Puleng Mabuya - 2013-07-02 22:37

    i saw the movie on sunday n don't understand why it made so much money. Did9lt finish it coz i knew the end 30 minute after it started.

      Sht Stirrer - 2013-07-03 10:20

      Puleng, you are 100% right. You don't understand.

  • Jonathan William King - 2013-07-03 03:19

    Considering it came out years ago I'm not sutprised.

  • Brian van der Spuy - 2013-07-03 06:39

    He can be glad the guy who created the Smurfs is dead, or he would have faced another law suit...

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