Cameron made it all up, court rules

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REEL NEWS - ❙❙❙ dclarke@irish­

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.”

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