James Cameron really, really did create Pandora, the Na’vi and everything else that goes with the highest-grossing film of all time, Avatar. The Oscar winning director and his studio Lightstorm Entertainment, just won another plagiarism lawsuit.
Back in December 2011, two years after the film was released, Cameron and Lightstorm were accused of plagiarism three lawsuits. One by one, Cameron was declared the victor. In February 2013, Gerald Morawski’s claims were dismissed and Eric Ryder’s suit met the same fate in December.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Monday that Bryant Moore’s lawsuit has finally been tossed. He claimed that Cameron ripped off his screenplays Aquatica and The Pollination and sued for $1 billion in damages. Moore claimed that Lightstorm obtained the scripts while he worked as an assistant on True Lies. He also submitted them to a Lightstorm executive in 2003.
U.S. District Judge Roger Titus disagreed with Moore’s claims, saying that there wasn’t enough similarities between these screenplays and Avatar.
In response to his legal victory, Cameron and Lightstorm issued the same statement they have after each win.
“Sadly, a cottage industry has arisen of fortune hunting plaintiffs seeking to ‘strike it rich’ by claiming their ideas were the basis for Avatar,” the statement reads. “As I have previously stated, Avatar was my most personal film, drawing upon themes and concepts that I had been exploring for decades. Our film was also the product of a team of some of the world’s most creative artists and designers, and it is an insult to all of them when these specious claims are made.”
Cameron added that he is “grateful that Judge Titus and the other jurists who have dealt with these cases have recognized the complete lack of merit of these offensive lawsuits.”
Cameron is planning on three more Avatar films, which will star Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington reprising their roles.
Deputy Editor Daniel S Levine is a longtime movie fan and a graduate of Hoftsra University.