It was only a matter of time before someone went after Avatar’s $2 billion pie. Vancouver restaurant owner Emil Malak has filed a suit against James Cameron, Lightstorm and Twentieth Century Fox in British Columbia Supreme Court, claiming Avatar bears an uncanny resemblance to his own 1998 screenplay “Terra Incognita.”
THR, Esq. has the story:
In Malak’s story, a tree is a focal point of a community of indigenous people and contains their collective memories. His characters are odd-looking creatures, some with braided hair and others with tails. They are protecting their home planet from militaristic human intruders who want to mine precious minerals…
Malak says that in October 2002, he sent the script and some graphic designs to about 20 movie studios, including Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment. He never got a response.
Check out the point-by-point comparison of the two films.
In response to news of the suit, Fox told THR, Esq. Cameron wrote Avatar two years before Malak claims to have finished Terra Incognita.