Cameron told to hand over drafts in plagiarism case
AFPLOS ANGELES--A U.S. judge ordered director James Cameron to hand over drafts of the screenplay for “Avatar” Wednesday, to lawyers for a man claiming he wrote the script on which the 3D blockbuster was based.
January 25, 2013, 1:05 am TWN
Eric Ryder is seeking compensation from Cameron and his production company Lightstorm Entertainment, claiming that the 2009 Oscar-nominated film is based on a story he wrote called “K.R.Z. 2068.”
He filed a lawsuit in December 2011, saying he spent two years developing the story. On Wednesday Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Alan Rosenfield ordered Cameron's lawyers to turn over screenplay drafts.
“We have to be careful and sensitive about ideas and information,” said the judge.