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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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kim is a publicity whore    

I believe Moore.

780 days ago
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CCCP    

The Matrix Trilogy was also stolen by the Wachoski's from a black woman named Sophia Stewart.

780 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

Good movies ended a long time ago. Mark Walberg becoming a "movie star" has made that painfully obvious.

780 days ago
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cobrazombie    

Moore's movie sounds like it had a real story, unlike Avatar.

780 days ago
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Cheryl    

Is there anyone in Holly-weird who isn't a thief?

780 days ago
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DrTyrell    

This was stolen from Doctor Who's KINDA. Look it up. Search "Avatar Kinda Doctor Who." Mystery SOLVED.

779 days ago
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guzenews    

or.. Dances With Wolves just gender reversed....

779 days ago
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Truth    

CAMERON IS A JACK ASS. MOST SWAGGER JACKERS IN HOLLYWOOD DONT JACK EVERYTHING 100%. IT'S ALWAYS 25-30% HERE AND THERE. MOORE HAS A CASE. LEARN FROM THE QUEEN OF SWAGGER JACKING BEYONCE... IF IN DOUBT ASK THE PEOPLE YOU'RE SWAGGER JACKING FROM TO MAKE A CHEAP ASS CAMEO IN A MUSIC VIDEO. PROBLEM SOLVED A ND A MASSIVE TONS IN LEGAL FEES. #TRUTH!!

779 days ago
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Paul Tomei    

I believe that he ripped off more than just the script look at the art work anybody who knows who Roger Dean is knows that's where he got his design set!

779 days ago
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mikka    

WATCH "FERNGULLY" it s an animated movie from the 90's ... then tell me it doesnt look JUST like Avatar ...

779 days ago
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Bill Andrews    

I think computers and the internet could have been a good thing, if there could have been real anti-trust. Look at it now ? You changed and the World looks so unhappy now, full of hacking and dishonesty. It's damaged our economy and others. "We really tried to make it ? I cannot even put some of the new greatest engineering blueprints technologies on my computer for fear of stuff getting stolen. ( I'll leave them in my head ) Off and on hacks in past. "A broken dream can bring much pain, "A broken fortune cookie can rebuild a Nation_ Wm Andrews.

779 days ago
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JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

This is why America needs tort reform and half the lawyers sent to the bottom of the deep blue sea. There's so many now they create things to sue for and another law we need is LOSER PAYS. Then you'll see an end to these 'lotto' lawsuits where some mope just comes out their cave claiming even thought they've never accomplished anything in their lives they're the ones who 'wrote the song' or the 'screenplay' and what not.

779 days ago
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Milano99    

I've been reading SF novels for over 40 years. If "bioluminescent flora/plant life, unbreathable atmospheres, matriarch support of hero vs. heroine, and spiritual connections to environment" is what Moore is suing about, then he'd better more WAY over, because Heinlein, Bradbury, AC Clarke, Asimov, and others will be climbing out of their graves to sue HIM.

779 days ago
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laffnbear    

Native Americans should sue. Avatar is a blatant rip-off of their tragic history since 1492.

779 days ago
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Alan     

Ideas are tangible though-forms floating out there in the astral plane. Anyone can tap into them so listen up Muggles 'No one owns an idea'. A hundred people can have the same idea at the same time!

779 days ago
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