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James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby Blackmoon » Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:10 am

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LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Avatar" director James Cameron has been hit with a lawsuit by a writer who claims that the plot for the hit sci-fi movie was lifted from his own project.

In the suit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, Eric Ryder claims that he entered into an agreement with Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, to develop a movie based on his story "KRZ 2068."

According to the suit, the project was envisioned as "an environmentally themed 3-D epic about a corporation's colonization and plundering of a distant moon's lush and wondrous natural setting."

After working on the project for nearly two years, Ryder alleges, Lightstorm put the kibosh on it, explaining that "no one would be interested in an environmentally themed science fiction feature film."

Shortly after, the suit says, Lightstorm began work on "Avatar," which Ryder says, "liberally and substantially uses material that fell within the LEI-Ryder agreement."

According to the suit, Ryder's story involved a protagonist who's sent to the moon of a distant planet by an Earth-based mining corporation; moreover, the details of the project called for 3-D effects to "infuse the story."

And since, according to the suit, Ryder's agreement with Lightstorm stipulated that material from the project wouldn't be used without Ryder "sharing in the commercial receipts and the writer or producer credits," he wants to get paid from the mega-successful "Avatar."

Ryder claims that he was told that Cameron alone wrote "Avatar," and that he had prepared a "scriptment" for the project before Ryder and Lightstorm entered the agreement. Ryder says that's untrue -- and says that his story was circulated to the bigwigs at Lightstorm, including Cameron.

Claiming breach of implied contract, fraud and deceit, negligent misrepresentation and other infractions, Ryder is seeking unspecified contract damages, tort damages, punitive damages and that he be awarded the profits "that defendants obtained from their wrongful acts."

Given the billions of dollars that "Avatar" pulled in worldwide, that could be pretty substantial.

Cameron's attorney and Lightstorm did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby RhA » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:50 am

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I say Pocahontas can slap a lawsuit on Cameron as well. You go, girl.
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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby Rodimus Prime » Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:42 pm

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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby OptiMagnus » Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:56 pm

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So...this movie was released two years ago and just now this comes up?

Yeah, cool story Ryder. >:oP
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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby cotss2012 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:54 pm

RhA wrote:I say Pocahontas can slap a lawsuit on Cameron as well. You go, girl.


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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby Shadowman » Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:24 pm

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OptiMagnus wrote:So...this movie was released two years ago and just now this comes up?

Yeah, cool story Ryder. >:oP


That's what I was going to say. Why start a lawsuit two years after the fact?

While we're at it, the script itself is just Ferngully meets The Matrix. He's pretty much complaining his massively unoriginal script was stolen.
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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby dinogeist » Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:43 pm

Good luck getting any money or winning the case. cuz the 2 brothers that claimed to create face book lost the court case & received next to nothing in money.

whether the guy is telling the truth or lying. he'll lose because no one can compare with the laywers,connections & under handed stuff these multi billionaire companies have.
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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby RhA » Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:44 am

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Well, someone SHOULD get sued over 'unobtanium'.
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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby Burn » Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:58 am

Shadowman wrote:That's what I was going to say. Why start a lawsuit two years after the fact?


Because it probably took that long for the lawyers to put all the paper work together.
When you charge by the hour, you don't do things quickly.

Tidalwavex wrote:Good luck getting any money or winning the case. cuz the 2 brothers that claimed to create face book lost the court case & received next to nothing in money.


Not even remotely related.
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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby Autobot032 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:03 am

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This is the second or third time (I can't remember) that he's been threatened with litigation involving his work and others claiming it as their own.

I'm not saying he did, but it does seem awfully odd that he'd be accused of the same thing twice.

EDIT: Even James Cameron is capable of committing such an act. To tell yourself otherwise is silly.
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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby prowl123 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:22 pm

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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby Burn » Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:44 pm

prowl123 wrote:Hay Ryder! The movie is two years old. You should have come out earlier!


Oh you wacky kids thinking lawsuits can just be put together over night. :roll:
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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

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Burn wrote:
prowl123 wrote:Hay Ryder! The movie is two years old. You should have come out earlier!


Oh you wacky kids thinking lawsuits can just be put together over night. :roll:


Good point that many forget, (or don't know how the legal aspects work).
When going after someone like cameron or his production company , thes things take time. Alo of time. Lawyers ussualy always make sure they have a strong case before making it public. Cause if all your ducks aren't in a row and false acusations are made, the big dogs could easily come after their clients. Slander is a very serious offence. In this case if Ryder can't prove his case, then you can kiss his career as a movie writer good bye as no one in the industry would want to higher him since he would be known as the sue happy guy. So yes, when going after the big dogs in movie making, you better make sure your case is strong.
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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

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prowl123 wrote:Hay Ryder! The movie is two years old. You should have come out earlier!


Oh you wacky kids thinking lawsuits can just be put together over night. :roll:


They don't take two years. I know that much.
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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

Postby Burn » Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:13 am

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Burn wrote:
prowl123 wrote:Hay Ryder! The movie is two years old. You should have come out earlier!


Oh you wacky kids thinking lawsuits can just be put together over night. :roll:


They don't take two years. I know that much.


:lol:

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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

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Burn wrote:
prowl123 wrote:Hay Ryder! The movie is two years old. You should have come out earlier!


Oh you wacky kids thinking lawsuits can just be put together over night. :roll:


They don't take two years. I know that much.


Currently, Novell is in court with Microsoft over an issue related to the release of Windows 95. 15 years ago. Two years is nothing in the world of law...
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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

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prowl123 wrote:
Burn wrote:
prowl123 wrote:Hay Ryder! The movie is two years old. You should have come out earlier!


Oh you wacky kids thinking lawsuits can just be put together over night. :roll:


They don't take two years. I know that much.


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Re: James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot

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prowl123 wrote:...no comment.


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