James Cameron Sued By Writer

Dec 12, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
James Cameron is being sued by a former employee for allegedly stealing the concept of the movie "Avatar."

James Cameron is being sued by a former worker with the director's production company, who alleges he came up with the concept that became the Cameron-directed blockbuster "Avatar."

Eric Ryder filed the lawsuit recently in L.A. County Superior Court, saying he came up with an "environmentally themed 3-D epic about a corporation's colonization and plundering of a distant moon's lush and wondrous natural setting," before the movie "Avatar" was released.

The movie idea Ryder proposed, called "KRZ 2068," was allegedly pitched to Cameron's production company in 1999, but was rejected.

Cameron stated that he came up with the idea of the movie in the 1990s, but had to wait for special effects technology to evolve in order to produce the film as he envisioned it.

Ryder also alleged in the lawsuit that he proposed the idea for "self-contained robotic exterior suits which house a single human operator," similar to the one worn by a character in "Avatar."

"Avatar" pulled in more than $1.3 billion worldwide, according to Mashable.