Guess it's time to put all those FernGully jokes to bed.
Since Avatar came out in 2009 and became the highest-grossing film of all time (not accounting for inflation) there have been multiple occasions where someone has accused James Cameron of biting their idea. In particular, Gerald Morawski has had an ongoing lawsuit with Cameron claiming that, back in 1991, he pitched an environmentally-themed film, Guardians of Eden, that bore more than a passing resemblence to Avatar.
The lawsuit, which began in 2011, has finally reached its close, however, with U.S. District Court Judge Margaret Murrow ruling that there is "clear, undisputed evidence" that Avatar was, indeed, Cameron's idea.
As you might imagine, the famed director is understandably relieved, but he's also more than a bit frustrated to have had to deal with the suit in the first place. Just hear his statement on the matter:
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. 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.
Wow. Blatant falsity? Bold words, but ones Cameron can now use. What about you, dear reader? Does this ruling convince you that Cameron came up with Avatar all by his lonesome, or are you still unmoved?