James Cameron has been slapped with a lawsuit by a former employee who claims that he initially developed the concept that was turned into the record setting box office smash “Avatar.”
Eric Ryder, a former employee of Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, has filed suit in a Los Angeles superior court claiming that the director lifted the concept from a story he wrote in 1999. In the suit, Ryder cites a story he penned titled “K.R.Z. 2068,” for which he had also created visual treatments, character sketches, and 3D images.
According to the court filing, Ryder’s initial story was an “environmentally-themed 3-D epic about a corporation’s colonization and plundering of a distant moon’s lush and wondrous natural setting.”
He adds that “K.R.Z. 2068” centered on a “a corporation spy,” who infiltrates an “anthropomorphic, organically created beings populating that moon,” later falling in love with one of the creatures and helping them overthrow the corporations military takeover of their planet.