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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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16.

ufos8mycow    

Heck I watched a pirated version of Avatar-ded and thought about suing Cameron to get my 2 hours back.
(Cameron Between puffs)'Hey I got an idea! Let's make a movie about American Indians with blue skin on an asteroid light-years away and they...get this!..destroy an evil space voyaging corporation with bows and arrows!" (cough-laugh-cough)

1039 days ago
17.

Shaneflorida    

What a waste of time, I met Cameron before, the guys a genius. When you are on top, someone always tries to take you down.

1039 days ago
18.

Andoc    

Oh c'mon! The movie had the most generic plot possible, even a 4 year old has thought of something similar.

And yes, the movie sucked.

1039 days ago
19.

Sincerity    

The other guy actually has a much stronger case because James Cameron "allegedly" worked with him some years earlier to develop another project with some of Avatar's similarities. This guy seems to be "tossing hi***** in the ring" hoping to score a "FAST BUCK"!!! GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!!!

1039 days ago
20.

Luvjaq    

im sorry morons all your 'stolen' ideas were published in the 1940's by CS Lewis in his 'space trilogy' - Perelandra and Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength.. #justsayin

1039 days ago
21.

arale norimaki    

Avatar is just Dances with Wolves in Space.

1039 days ago
22.

robert    

sounds like a bs silly suit to discredit the first guy.

1039 days ago
23.

censored    

Fern Gully...Duh

1039 days ago
24.

Kevin    

I wonder which one of the people suing James Cameron will win the contest as the inventor of Supidity. Best wishes!

1039 days ago
25.

Lauren     

The only person who should be suing for this movie is Jim Cox and Diana Young, the writers of Ferngully, because it is a total rip off... LOL

1039 days ago
26.

seatart    

Since Cameron hasn't had an original idea for a movie, ever, I'm not surprised.

1039 days ago
27.

keith    

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!?!?!? ******* people these days

1039 days ago
28.

ryan    

Well Cameron does an alleged history of plagiarism. go look up Terminator

1039 days ago
29.

Jay W.     

I'm suing Cameron because he stole the idea from my blue alien in my coloring book.

1039 days ago
30.

TRASHRAVEN    

Hollywood spent 91 million for the bill sopa to pass but they forget if it does pass. Hollywood itself will get screwed in the end. lol so Cameron on dec 21 if the bill does pass your screwed big time

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