Director Cameron Stole Idea For 'Avatar,' Writer Claims

Law360, New York (December 9, 2011, 3:08 PM EST) -- Hollywood honcho James Cameron and his production company Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. were sued in California court Thursday by a writer who alleges they stole his ideas to make the blockbuster film "Avatar," then cut him out of the production process.

Eric Ryder claims he submitted to LEI and Cameron a science-fiction story titled “K.R.Z. 2068” that they pillaged for use in the 3-D film, which went on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time.

LEI and Cameron “perpetrated a fraud on Mr. Ryder and engaged...
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