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James Cameron

Sued By Sci Fi Geek --

You Stole 'Avatar' From Me!!!

12/9/2011 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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James Cameron
is an idea stealing thief ... who ripped the story for "Avatar" from a science fiction nerd who once worked with Cameron's production company ... this according to a new lawsuit.

Cameron is being sued by a guy named Eric Ryder -- who claims back in 1997, he came up with a movie called "KRZ 2068" -- an "environmentally themed 3-D epic about a corporation's colonization and plundering of a distant moon's lush and wondrous natural setting."

Ryder claims the movie also involved "self-contained robotic exterior suits which house a single human operator" ... just like in "Avatar."

According to the suit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Ryder claims his reps pitched the movie idea to Cameron's production company back in 1999 ... and it was so well received, they had multiple serious meetings with high ranking execs about the development of the project.

But Ryder claims in 2002, the company officially shut down the project -- telling him, "No one would go see an environmentally themed feature length science fiction movie."

So when "Avatar" hit theaters in 2009 ... and made bazillions ... Ryder was furious.

In his suit, Ryder alleges he complained to Cameron's people in 2009 -- but when they finally got back to him earlier this year, they told him to kick rocks, claiming J.C. had written the story before 1999.

Ryder says Cameron's people are lying -- claiming there are way too many similarities between the two projects -- including Ryder's idea for one of the characters to be played by Sigourney Weaver.

Ryder is suing for unspecified damages -- probably a bloody fortune.

Attempts to reach Cameron's people were unsuccessful.

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1:30 PM PT: Reps for Fox and James Cameron just released a statement, claiming "the suit is baseless and we will vigorously defend our position."
74 COMMENTS

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Muppet    

I remember this guy complaining way back when. I believe it was a rip off.

967 days ago
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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes! James wouldn't do something like that!

967 days ago
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AntiSocialForum.com    

Hollywood is full of crooks and thieves it's as bad as the government.

967 days ago
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citivas    

Wow, what an idiot. Sure Cameron ripped it off... from his own films and those of others before him, just like most of Hollywood. Let's see. Exoskeleton armored suit with single human operator: Cameron's own Aliens from the mid 80's. Duh. Weaver. Cameron's Aliens, Scott's Alien, etc. You could go on. Not a single idea this wannabe cook claimed ownership of is original to him either.

967 days ago
5.

Kevpod    

Lokey From Maldemar.

967 days ago
6.

Kate    

Ferngully + Pocahontas = Avatar

967 days ago
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Tigerman    

Oh, right. Corporations are "evil."
Pass the purple Kool-Aid...

967 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

Are douchebags environmentally friendly? If so throw Cameron in the compost pile. He's a douchebag.

967 days ago
9.

Dan    

I think you're a couple years too late, my friend.

967 days ago
10.

iimE    

And they both ripped off Dances with Wolves.

967 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

Eric, please don't try to take credit for the most boring movie of all time. I watched 2 minutes and had to shut it off.

967 days ago
12.

Carl    

The Avatars are not robotic suits. Also, I HIGHLY doubt he planned it as a 3-D movie in the late 90s as 3D had been pretty much dead since the early 80s and wasn't revived until the last 5 years or so.

967 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

....BLAH BLAH BLAH..I can't comment on this..because I have zero interest..so..I shall read the comments for the ones who have knowledge on the subject..lol

967 days ago
14.

Perky    

Good luck in your lawsuit, Ryder. I hope you have the funds to get this to the settlement phase.

967 days ago
15.

Telma    

I hope he wins!

967 days ago
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