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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."
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61.

dmanley    

Hope Ryder saved his do***entation. It will be worth a FORTUNE!!!

861 days ago
62.

Kevin    

This is nothing new. Every time there's a big movie some moron comes out of the woodwork and claims it was all his idea. He's looking for a settlement check, plain and simple.

861 days ago
63.

Randy Dixon Rivera    

@JimCameron - OK James, (I can help you - quid pro quo) "Avatar" based on "Midworld" 1975 by writer Alan Dean Foster. KRZ 2068 & I know. ;)

860 days ago
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matt thematic    

Entertainment lawsuits are very complicated and expensive . They take time and the services of very expensive lawyers . Those lawyers will not waste their time unless they have seriously vetted the facts and believe there is enough merit that they can win over Cameron's huge team and immense wealth .

My guess is that they strung this guy along , took some of his ideas and were too cheap to compensate him in a matter which is consistent with industry standards .

This is not two people coincidently having the same ideas . This guy was hired for over a year to develop these ideas and never saw the Avatar script .

Cameron claims to have written Avatar in 1994 but did not register the script until 2005/6 . He hired Ryder in 1999 . What happened between 1999 and 2006 ? My guess is the Hollywood's best known Megalomaniac ripped off this guy's ideas and merged those with his own . As such , Ryder should be given the partial compensation that all co-authors deserve .

This is not the first time Cameron has been accused of such practices . He is a serial plagiarist .

860 days ago
65.

captainco9    

yeah it was a rip off of fern gully not this stupid KRZ 2068 movie this guy is talking about.

860 days ago
66.

Grom    

http://www.ign.com/blogs/falchion-gpx/2009/12/12/avatar-is-albion

860 days ago
67.

Keith    

They're going to side with Cameron. Guranteed.

859 days ago
68.

bishopsgait    

Shill mania differs from muppet mania. AVATAR IS MORE OF A FRAUD THAN TMZ WILL ADMIT.
www.bishopsgait.blogspot.com

414 days ago
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bishopsgait    

Shill mania differs from muppet mania. Avatar is more of a fraud than TMZ will admit.
www.bishopsgait.blogspot.com

414 days ago
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