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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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16.

w    

I believe this Ryder guy, Go get em Ryder, sue their f***ng pants off!!

989 days ago
17.

dropped    

implying avatar is original in the first place

989 days ago
18.

manbearpig    

i hope the guy wins and gets many millions from that s***-bum cameron!

989 days ago
19.

Bellaca    

Sounds legit. The same thing happened with the Matrix and they had to pay the lady they ripped off.

989 days ago
20.

i said lesbians...    

nuuh he stole avatar from ferngully and pochantas!

989 days ago
21.

Fidel's niece    

...and it took him 2 years to
file a lawsuit??? Why?

989 days ago
22.

Truth    

JAMES CAMERON IS ONE OF THE WORST GUYS IN HOLLYWOOD TO WORK FOR... TONS OF PEEPS, CELEBS AND THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES CANNOT STAND THIS FREAK. TONS HAVE PUBLICALLY MADE STATEMENTS AS TO HIS POOR WORK ETHIC AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND TREATMENT OF CO-WORKERS ON SET. IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT HE WOULD HAVE THE GALL TO STEAL SOMEONE'S IDEA AND CLAIM INNOCENCE RIGHT AFTER. HE HAS THE MONEY TO FIGHT THIS SUIT. DOESNT MEAN HE'S RIGHT OR JUST. ONLY IF THE COUNTER PARTY RUNS OF MOOLA WILL HE WIN BY DEFAULT. THAT'S WHAT THE TEMPERAMENTAL JACKA** IS BETTING ON. EXPLAINS WHY HE DOESNT ADMIT GUILT RIGHT AWAY... TYPICAL CAMERON STRATEGY. #TRUTH!!

989 days ago
23.

Noicc    

This guy is full of it. Avatar had been in development since the early 90s.

989 days ago
24.

Frank    

It is also an old episode from "Outer Limits" staring Robert Duvall who plays a washed up guy who volunteers to become an alien and then sees their point of view.
This is the second thing Cameron stole from Outer Limits.
Look up"Soldier"/ Terminator lawsuit.

989 days ago
25.

Criss    

So is this the writer of Dances With Wolves or Ferngully?

989 days ago
26.

Be a little inappropriate~    

Yeah, but the plot to Avatar was basically the same as Pocahontas so...

989 days ago
27.

Tee    

What's funny here is tmz guys calling someone a geek and a nerd! lol!

989 days ago
28.

Justice    

of course it's probably true and happens all the time in this rip off, sequel, remake and wholly parasite place. This is a s*** bag town. Good luck dude. I hope you win many millions from these uncreative dirt balls who stole your ideas. Especially the fact that you pitched it to them and they liked it...smells bad. This whole place is a rotting piece of garbage full of zombies who eat virgins and they can't come up with any original ideas.

989 days ago
29.

Michelle    

And he stole it from Ferngully.

989 days ago
30.

THE SHEENY MAN    

And he stole Titanic from me!!!!!!!!!
ERRRRR!

989 days ago
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