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"James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« on: December 09, 2011, 04:08:52 pm »
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"LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Avatar" director James Cameron has been hit with a lawsuit by a writer who claims that the plot for the hit sci-fi movie was lifted from his own project.

In the suit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, Eric Ryder claims that he entered into an agreement with Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, to develop a movie based on his story "KRZ 2068."

According to the suit, the project was envisioned as "an environmentally themed 3-D epic about a corporation's colonization and plundering of a distant moon's lush and wondrous natural setting."

After working on the project for nearly two years, Ryder alleges, Lightstorm put the kibosh on it, explaining that "no one would be interested in an environmentally themed science fiction feature film."

Shortly after, the suit says, Lightstorm began work on "Avatar," which Ryder says, "liberally and substantially uses material that fell within the LEI-Ryder agreement."
According to the suit, Ryder's story involved a protagonist who's sent to the moon of a distant planet by an Earth-based mining corporation; moreover, the details of the project called for 3-D effects to "infuse the story."

And since, according to the suit, Ryder's agreement with Lightstorm stipulated that material from the project wouldn't be used without Ryder "sharing in the commercial receipts and the writer or producer credits," he wants to get paid from the mega-successful "Avatar."

Ryder claims that he was told that Cameron alone wrote "Avatar," and that he had prepared a "scriptment" for the project before Ryder and Lightstorm entered the agreement. Ryder says that's untrue -- and says that his story was circulated to the bigwigs at Lightstorm, including Cameron.

Claiming breach of implied contract, fraud and deceit, negligent misrepresentation and other infractions, Ryder is seeking unspecified contract damages, tort damages, punitive damages and that he be awarded the profits "that defendants obtained from their wrongful acts."

Given the billions of dollars that "Avatar" pulled in worldwide, that could be pretty substantial.

Cameron's attorney and Lightstorm did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

(Pamela Chelin contributed to this report)"


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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2011, 04:13:25 pm »
I find it interesing this Ryder guy waited almost 2 years to do this. I've never even heard of him, who is he?

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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2011, 04:20:33 pm »
Cameron works since 1994.
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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2011, 04:26:54 pm »
I'm talking about he waited 2 years since the theatrical release of Avatar. I'm trying to find out who this Eric Ryder guy is. Not a whole lot out there...

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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2011, 04:46:25 pm »
Hmmmm, I suspect that this guy is just fishing for money but perhaps that's just me hoping it's not true.

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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2011, 05:09:25 pm »
Asserted a similar met before. But this first one who go to court. :(
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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2011, 05:16:41 pm »
Well I did find this which says Ryder was furious when Avatar premiered in 09 and made tons of money and that he alleges to have complained to Cameron's people in 09 but they didn't get back to him until now. If he really did talk to them in 09 and they never got back to him, why didn't he keep trying or file this earlier if he was so furious? It doesn't make sense.

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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2011, 05:37:37 pm »
Probably legal things. Professional trolling is complicated.  ::)

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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2011, 08:21:50 pm »
I am guessing it's a shotgun lawsuit. Just a fishing trip where only the lawyers will get paid. It will probably fail the laugh test first time in front of a judge.

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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2011, 06:00:54 am »
*head->desk* >:(

Yeah, right! *gnarf*

That sounds like someone who is just jealous and a freeloader. If I'm not mistaken here Cameron started working on Avatar much earlier than 1997 (as Ryder claimed that he started his work on his "project"). If that was true, Ryder would have to watch out for his lawsuit not to backfire - in this case Cameron could turn the tables and sue Ryder for malicious allegation, libel and slander and the likes - and that could become really nasty.


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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2011, 02:03:10 pm »
I just hope that it does not delay the sequel.
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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2011, 02:13:31 pm »
It shouldn't.
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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2011, 05:16:25 pm »
If I'm not mistaken here Cameron started working on Avatar much earlier than 1997 (as Ryder claimed that he started his work on his "project").
IIRC, Project 880 was from 1994...
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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2011, 05:21:55 pm »
Really. :)
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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2011, 11:26:05 am »
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Naaah, yet another lawsuit for green papers.
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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2011, 11:43:15 am »
Reading the suit, this may actually go a bit farther than i first expected.
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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2011, 07:03:35 pm »
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Naaah, yet another lawsuit for green papers.
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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2011, 07:20:19 pm »
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Naaah, yet another lawsuit for green papers.
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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2011, 07:23:02 pm »
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Naaah, yet another lawsuit for green papers.
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Re: "James Cameron slapped with lawsuit over "Avatar" plot"
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2011, 08:08:57 pm »
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Naaah, yet another lawsuit for green papers.
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Hrrrrh!  ;D

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