In Hollywood, lawsuits over idea ownership are as common as Jessica Chastain movies, which is why James Cameron getting sued for stealing the idea for Avatar isn't so surprising. That the accuser is a former employee of Cameron's, however, does give the case a surprising (and rare) amount of credibility. Eric Ryder, who used to work for Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment, claims that he developed the plot for Avatar over two years with the understanding he'd be compensated if his employers went forward with the idea, but was eventually told by Lightstorm that they didn't think an environmental sci-fi film would sell. Now that Avatar is the highest-grossing movie of all time, it's unclear whether Ryder will be justly compensated, or rightfully ignored.
Watch our new series!
Watch Doug Funnie Sing Fetty Wap’s ‘Trap Queen’View all videos
Most Viewed Stories
See How Well the Cast of Wet Hot American Summer Has Aged
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale Are the Latest Celebrity Couple to Divorce Because Nothing Is Sacred
It’s Time to Start Liking Tom Cruise Again
Sean Penn and Charlize Theron Are Living Out Your Worst Breakup Fears
30-Foot-Tall Inflatable Minion Gets Loose, Rampages Irish Highway
Pavement Guitarist Scott Kannberg Picks His 10 Favorite Pavement Songs
And Now Here’s Ilana Glazer Lip-Syncing ‘Hey Ya’ on Lip Sync Battle
Watch Doug Funnie From Doug Sing Fetty Wap’s ‘Trap Queen’
Bachelor in Paradise Recap: Bachelor Is the New Paradise
How Taylor Swift and Kanye West Became Friends
Latest News from VultureWet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Recap: The Public-Urination Case of a Lifetime
“It looks like a fart.”Miss Piggy and Kermit Have Also Called It Quits; the Summer of Breakups Extends to Animals
Is nothing sacred?Stonewall Trailer: Jonathan Rhys Meyers Fights for Gay Rights in Roland Emmerich’s Passion Project
The film tells the story of the 1969 Stonewall Riots.Another One Down: Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards End Their Engagement
His wings were made to fly.Who Is True Detective’s Murderer? Here’s What Reddit Thinks.
Remember that movie set?UnREAL and the Pressures of a Sophomore Season
Ugh, send Jeremy and Chet away forever.Alexander Skarsgard Looks Beautiful in Drag, of Course
Shantay, you stay.The Mad Brilliance of Key & Peele
Plus: the reboot of Wet Hot American Summer vs. the reboot of Arrested Development.Julia Louis-Dreyfus Talks to Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham About Playing House, Babies, and Physical Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: "Just cut the butt out, and then you can breathe out your butt."Joel McHale Confirms That Season 6 of Community Was Its Last (For Real)
... But what about the movie?
The cult-favorite author discusses the new Under Tiberius.Bachelor in Paradise Recap: Bachelor Is the New Paradise
No, ABC. You do not get to be all jokey and fun when you’re telling people that they are failures if they don’t find love here.How Taylor Swift and Kanye West Became Friends
It's all thanks to Jay Z.UnREAL Season One Finale Recap: Are You Giving Me a Wedding, or What?
Did Anna earn herself a Bachelorette-style spinoff?And Now Here’s Ilana Glazer Lip-Syncing ‘Hey Ya’ on Lip Sync Battle
Battle of the broads.Drake Included Meek Mill Beef Memes in OVO Fest Set
Your move, Meek.The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz Will Make His Literary Debut in 2017
"Hot takes" from the man behind Morgan.You’re the Worst Season Two Trailer Features Strip Clubs and Countless Shots, of Course
September 9 can't come soon enough.Game of Thrones Gets a New Three-Eyed Raven
Bran's coming back.Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale Are the Latest Celebrity Couple to Divorce Because Nothing Is Sacred
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts!