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James Cameron

Attention Nerds:

I Did NOT Steal 'Avatar'

7/16/2012 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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James Cameron is sick and tired of people claiming he stole the concept behind "Avatar" -- and has now filed legal docs, asking a judge to dismiss a $2 billion lawsuit that says the movie wasn't his idea.

TMZ broke the story ... science fiction writer and professional nerd Bryant Moore sued Cameron for $2.5 billion back in December -- claiming Moore came up with the basic premise behind "Avatar" ... and Cameron jacked it.

In his lawsuit, Moore says Cameron pilfered several ideas from Moore's screenplays -- including bioluminescent flora/plant life, unbreathable atmospheres, matriarch support of hero vs. heroine, and spiritual connections to environment ... and reincarnation ... and .... mist.

Now, Cameron's fighting nerd fire with nerd fire -- insisting the Na'vi (the alien race in 'Avatar') are NOTHING like the Gavadeen Alliance or the Pollinators (the alien races in Moore's movies).

In fact, Cameron says NOTHING about Moore's scripts has anything to do with "Avatar" -- they're different from beginning to end.

Cameron wants a judge to dismiss Moore's case ASAP ... so he can focus on making more ridiculously profitable flicks.

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Marvin    

Camron is jerk, i believe he stole the idea from moore.

743 days ago
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BLACKWIND    

REFERING TO CAMERON STORY....BOTH ARE WRONG..the thing can be settled when you admit to making POCAHONTAS 2 (AVATAR)

743 days ago
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astrosteve    

Anyone who has read Midworld by Alan Dean Foster will know that Cameron didn't steal the idea for Avatar from Moore. It's an obvious rip off of MidWorld, written in 1975.

743 days ago
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Denver    

If anyone should be suing for stealing the idea of Avatar, it's the writer of "Dances with Wolves"! Think about it. An outsider is there to observe and becomes part of the tribe. The lead woman helps him adjust. He fights against the people who put him there in the first place. Sounds familiar. Avatar is Dances With Wolves in space!

743 days ago
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arale norimaki    

Did James Cameron Rip Off Poul Anderson’s Novella?


Like Avatar, Call Me Joe centers on a paraplegic — Ed Anglesey — who telepathically connects with an artificially created life form in order to explore a harsh planet (in this case, Jupiter). Anglesey, like Avatar's Jake Sully, revels in the freedom and strength of his artificial created body, battles predators on the surface of Jupiter, and gradually goes native as he spends more time connected to his artificial body.

Most of his films are rip offs.

743 days ago
21.

Robnhud    

He stole the idea from Fern Gully. Everyone knows this!

743 days ago
22.

me    

He did too steal it- it's nothing more than Pocahontas in space.

743 days ago
23.

Hank    

Cameron probably didn't steal from Moore, but he did liberally "borrow" from a ton of other movies - let's be honest - it's one of the least original movies ever (Pocahontas, Ferngully, John Carter of Mars, etc) - although I enjoyed it.

743 days ago
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t4trble    

He settled out of court for an undisclosed sum of money for some of the technology used in Avatar - didn't you James? How much $$$$ was that settlement for James? He will settle again, lying theif.

743 days ago
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Sherae    

Of course he stole Avatar. But I don't believe he stole it from this dude. Avatar is LITERALLY Fern Gully but from a live-action, futuristic standpoint. Don't know about this Moore dude but James Cameron completely ripped off the storyline of Fern Gully. Think about it.

743 days ago
26.

jack    

I will assume he has never seen Pocohantas. Crazy looking stuff? Sure thing.... Original, not by any stretch of the imagination

743 days ago
27.

John_Dunkel    

Avatar was clearly stolen from the Smurfs!!!

743 days ago
28.

DrTyrell    

TMZ doesn't have the balls to link it to Doctor Who's Kinda, cuz that would solve this case once and for all. You see, TMZ loves James!

743 days ago
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boobymanz    

He did steal Avatar. I remember back when Avatar was called Dances with Wolves.

743 days ago
30.

Caleb    

If anybody should be sueing Cameron it should be DIsney. I mean Avatar was basically just Disney's Pocahontas: In Space!

743 days ago
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