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James Cameron files legal papers to prove he created 'Avatar'

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Director James Cameron has fired back at legal action from an artist who accused him of stealing the plot for his hit film "Avatar," by signing a 45-page sworn declaration detailing its creation.

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Gerald Morawski filed a lawsuit against the Oscar winner and his company Lightstorm Entertainment at United States District Court, Central District of California, alleging Cameron had used the subject of his paintings as the basis for the plot of the $2.78 billion-grossing movie. Morawski claims that after selling Cameron four art pieces in 1991, he pitched the director a movie entitled "Guardians of Eden (GOE)," about a struggle between an evil mining conglomerate and an indigenous tribe.

However, Cameron has refuted his accusations and last month filed an extraordinary 45-page document analyzing how he came up with the "Avatar" story, recalling his childhood obsession with science, and even hinting at plotlines for the sci-fi hit's upcoming sequels. Morawski filed a motion to reject Cameron's theory on Thursday and, according to his documents obtained by editors at The Hollywood Reporter, it reads, "In Plaintiff's view, it is no coincidence that, even though those alleged prior works had been in existence for 10 or 20 years, Cameron did not write the scriptment (sic) for 'Avatar' until a few years after Plaintiff pitched 'GOE' to Defendants. In addition, if Defendants had in fact already created works that were similar to 'GOE,' they would have stopped Plaintiff's pitch once the alleged similarity became apparent, and would not have offered Plaintiff a deal for 'GOE.'"

A further hearing is scheduled to take place in January. The case is not the first lawsuit Cameron has faced over the blockbuster: Eric Ryder, Bryant Moore and Elijah Schkeiban all filed suit last year against the director alleging he stole their idea.

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Dec 12, 2012 10:35AM
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James Cameron stole my film plot that just came to me one afternoon while I was sitting stoned on my parents' couch, watching Disney's Pocahantas.
I had a cinematic vision, "What if I were to take this plot and swap out the settlers with mercenaries and the red people with blue people? and call the planet 'Pandora'? and they could be mining for this stuff that's really hard to obtain... It could be called 'Unobtanium'! I could even have the main character get it on with this blue alien lizard-cat chick, and it would be totally cool that he's doing an alien, because I'm gonna make her so hot."
Snatched my wholly original concept right out from under me through, like, telepathy or ESP or some science stuff or something. What a jerk.

Dec 12, 2012 10:52AM
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OMG people think PocaDanceswithFernGully isn't an original work?!? How could they!
Dec 12, 2012 9:49AM
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and if the movie had been a flob...he would not care to bring an legal action against James Cameron. Everyone wants easy credit to success but not failures.
Dec 12, 2012 9:27AM
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People just out for the easy buck !!! Just earn your money like all the other respectful hard-working people idiots .....the creators need to make sure they legally have their creations locked in solid so lazy ****'s don't stand a chance
Dec 12, 2012 11:05AM
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Cameron stole my idea of people on a boat.  Come on man.
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