Cameron made it all up, court rules
Rejoice! Against the odds, Goliath has beaten David. Hang on. Do we have that right? A federal judge has ruled in favour of James Cameron and against a man who claimed the filmmaker stole his idea to make Avatar.
The court agreed that Gerald Morawski had pitched an Avatar- like project to Cameron in 1991. But they accepted that Cameron had already (nearly 20 years before eventual release) devised the relevant aspects of the project. The judge wrote: “All the alleged similarities identified by Morawski can be traced to pre-pitch ideas Cameron developed independently or derived from well-known historical events.”
Cameron couldn’t resist getting a little self-important on the courtroom steps.
“It is a sad reality of our business that whenever there is a successful film, people come out of the woodwork claiming that their ideas were used,” he said. “Avatar was my most personal film, drawing upon themes and concepts that I had been exploring for decades. I am grateful that the Court saw through the blatant falsity of Mr Morawski’s claim.”