(LOS ANGELES) — A lawsuit filed against James Cameron and his production company over the plot of his hit film Avatar has been dismissed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The complaint, filed in December of 2011, alleged that the plaintiff, Gerald Morawski, pitched to Cameron in 1991 a film that contained a premise similar to that of Avatar.
Morawski’s proposal, dubbed Guardians of Eden, revolved around a tribe whose rainforest environment is threatened by a mining company. Morawski, claiming he’d signed an agreement under which he retained the rights to his idea, sought compensation from Cameron due to its alleged similarity to the Avatar plot.
However, The Hollywood Reporter says, a judge has ruled that Cameron did not breach the agreement and that evidence shows the director created the idea for Avatar himself.
Cameron has faced similar lawsuits from other plaintiffs, including a pending complaint brought by a former employee of his production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, who’s claimed he came up with the idea for Avatar in 1999.
Avatar is the highest-grossing movie of all time at the domestic and worldwide box offices. It made nearly $2.8 billion worldwide following its release in late 2009.
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