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James Cameron

Sued for More than $2.5 BILLION

Over 'Avatar'

12/19/2011 2:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Turns out every sci-fi nerd on the planet had the idea for "Avatar" before James Cameron -- because the director is now being sued AGAIN for allegedly stealing the concept for the movie ... this time for more than $2 bil.

Bryant Moore -- a science fiction writer not-famous for his screenplays "Aquatica" and "Descendants: The Pollination" -- claims Cameron used the two screenplays as the basis for "Avatar."

In his lawsuit, Moore points out various similarities, including bioluminescent flora/plant life, unbreathable atmospheres, matriarch support of hero vs. heroine, spiritual connections to environment and reincarnation, appearance of mist in scene, sunlight to moonlight, crackling from gargantuan foliage, blue skin/green skin and battle scene on limbs/branches.

Moore is also going after 20th Century Fox and Cameron's production company.  He wants more than $1.5 billion in actual damages and more than $1 bil in punitives.

"Avatar" raked in more than $2.78 billion worldwide.

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Annie     

i wanna see the two who are suing him file suits against each other...then we have a party!

857 days ago
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Fameme    

"If you were the creator of Avatar, you would have created Avatar."

857 days ago
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Sonya    

I thought the movie idea was stolen from Pocahontas?

857 days ago
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Jackie    

LOL...Keep dreaming.

857 days ago
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sam    

I hope they put him in the hook for legal fees. Team Cameron.

857 days ago
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Observer999    

Wow, I wrote about mist once. That should be worth AT LEAST $50 million. Woohoo!

857 days ago
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Craig Wood    

Sued by Ridley Scott maybe.

857 days ago
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Carl    

Funny how these people always realize they've been copied years after the film comes out. Anyway, the actual story of Avatar is mind-numbingly simplistic. What was special about it was the special effects. A two year old could have written the screenplay.

857 days ago
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Brandon    

Both of these guys should be sued by Dances With Wolves. Talk about painting the indians blue and calling them an Avatar.

857 days ago
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John    

Who knows? Stranger things have happened in Hollywood.

857 days ago
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Aussie    

Sorry but what is it with you guys in America, you have to stop suing everyone about everything, what a joke.... I understand about the whole freedom of speech but this is beyond the joke. You have to bring out a law to stop this stupidity from happening all the time!!

857 days ago
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Santo    

It sounds like the guy is suing James Cameron for using a crap-load of science fiction staples that have been around for decades. I'd side with the guy if his screenplay was "Dances with Smurfs in Ferngully", but he's arguing that he invented "mist scenes" and "transitions from sunlight to moonlight." This guy sounds like a failed author who thinks way too highly of himself.

857 days ago
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batterup    

Out of $2.78 billion, that would leave them $280 million. I would say that is being very generous and fair.

857 days ago
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Noicc    

By this logic, whoever invented Smurfs should get a cut of Avatar's box office. Copyright infringement is when you steal an ENTIRE STORY and say its you own. Not little ideas and fragments. All stories barrow from other stories, especially the sci-fi genre.

857 days ago
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zoe    

cameron always steals something from someone for his films. he stole terminator but people don't seem to remember that. he was sued for T1 and lost, had to pay for damages and give credit for the actual writer of the film,im not surprised by this story b/c believe it or not its true. i do find it funny that the guy thats sueing him now isn't being sued by Poul Anderson estate since his short story from 1957 "call me joe" is basically the film avatar. same characters and setting, situation and blue people on a planet of really expensive rocks. Cameron pulled from a few books that basically for some of it had the same things, but thing is that he never gave credit to those people he took from. cameron is just really good at fooling people into believing he's a top writer when he just cut and paste from others that the people of this generation wouldn't knwo anything about.....unless your an english major.

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