When James Cameron created a world full of blue-skinned human hybrids and a Tree of Souls, it likely came as quite a surprise that so many other people had been there as well.
In the sixth lawsuit against the blockbuster movie, writer Elijah Schkeiban claims that Cameron's "Avatar" blatantly ripped off his seminal work, "Bats & Butterflies." In the suit, Schkeiban claims that Cameron stole elements of the paperback, including an injured protagonist, an indigenous non-human species living on a far away planet, and a war between two groups (no, seriously).
Schkeiban alleges that some dialogue was stolen as well, although with Cameron dropping phrases like, "When people are sittin' on s**t that you want, you make 'em your enemy," all over "Avatar," we're more than a little worried about the mental state of anyone who might lay claim to them.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the suit filed yesterday in California Central District Court names not only Cameron, but 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment, and Dune Entertainment as defendants in the suit.
Maybe it's all a publicity stunt. Maybe the guy's for real. One thing's for certain though – he's taken "Avatar" to heart. To quote the film's protagonist, Jake Sully, "Sometimes your whole life boils down to one insane move."