Another Avatar Lawsuit Gets Thrown Out Of Court

If you’re dying to bring a lawsuit against someone, it should be pure instinct not to want to sue one of the most imaginative men in Hollywood who holds the top two spots for most successful films of all time. He can probably afford a better legal team than you. Yet people just keep on trying to sue James Cameron over Avatar, with a slew of lawsuits regularly being thrown at the director, claiming he ripped off everything from the storyline to the film’s visuals. Variety reports yet another one of those cases, however, has been shot down, as a California state judge has dismissed a suit filed by former Lightstorm Entertainment employee Eric Ryder. Sorry, Eric. Maybe put on a fake mustache and try again in a few months under a different name.

Back in 2011, Ryder sued Cameron for stealing ideas from his story K.R.Z. 2068, which was supposedly in development at Cameron’s Lightstorm back in 2002. What was that story about? An environmentally-themed 3D epic about a corporation colonizing and wasting a lush distant moon’s natural setting. Back then it was determined that the story was not commercially viable, and it didn’t go any further than the early development stage.

The judge decided that Cameron’s film was created by him independently of Ryder’s creative input. But you can bet it won’t end here. Ryder’s attorney’s stated, “We respectfully disagree with the court’s ruling and we are considering our options for appeal.”

Cameron was as tsk-tsky as ever in his comments to the press. “Sadly, it seems that whenever a successful motion picture is produced, there are people who to ‘get rich quick’ by claiming their ideas were used,” he said in a statement. “Several such claims have been asserted with Avatar. I am grateful that our courts have consistently found these claims to be meritless. As I have previously stated, Avatar was my most personal film, drawing upon themes and concepts that I had been exploring for decades.”

The conspiracy theorist would say, “Yes, someone who stole an idea would say those things.” Luckily, there are no such theorists in high courts. This ruling is similar to the one back in February, when Gerald Morawski claimed he presented the idea to Cameron back in 1991. It’s pretty awesome that in all of these cases, courts are just throwing the cases out, instead of Cameron offering to make a settlement to get it taken out of court quicker. Now we sit back and wait for the litigious cacophony that surrounds Avatar’s multiple sequels.

The following video doesn’t claim that anyone ripped anyone else off. It just points out some of the more glaring and amusing faults in the film, and is, most importantly, entertaining.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.