A man has filed a lawsuit against the Avatar director James Cameron, claiming he stole his idea for the making of the 3-D blockbuster movie.
Eric Ryder, a self proclaimed Sci-Fi junkie, filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court. Ryder claims that in 1999, while he worked for Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment business, he wrote a story called K.R.Z. 2068, and created photos, 3-D imagery and character elements for a planned movie the company was working on.
According to the lawsuit, Ryder imagined a movie “about a corporation’s colonization and plundering of a distant moon’s lush and wondrous natural setting, the corporation’s spy sent to crush an insurrection on the distant moon among anthropomorphic, organically created beings populated that moon, and the spy’s remote sensing experiences with the beings, emotional attachment to one of them in particular and eventual spiritual transformation into a leader of the lunar beings’ revolt against the corporation’s mining practices.”
Ryder also mentioned that the company agreed it would not use any of the material he developed, “sharing in the commercial receipts and the writer and producer credits.” He claims Lightstorm argued “no one was interested in seeing an environmentally themed sci-fi adventures”, so they wouldn’t use his work.
Cameron and the producers of Avatar have been sued before over the film, and still haven’t been issued to pay out not even a penny for infringement.