With American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club currently sitting high on moivegoers’ minds during this awards season, it’s not hard to think about what the award-nominated films will be 30 or 40 years from now. I don’t think it’s out of the question to assume some indie filmmaker will pen a script about the past three years of James Cameron’s legal dealings involving Avatar-related lawsuits. It’ll be turned into a super-dramatic movie and it’ll win something, probably in the same category as Avatar 7.
Last weekend, Cameron won yet another case, this time against Bryant Moore, who claimed Cameron had mooched some ideas from his own screenplays titled Aquatica and The Pollination, and that it was worth a $1 billion suit. Moore was the contender that lasted the longest when the Oscar-winning directed was first attacked with the three initial cases. Maryland U.S. District Judge Roger Titus ruled that Moore’s screenplays were different enough from Cameron’s screenplay and film that both were independent of the other. It’s like these guys think that someone like James Cameron didn’t spend all of his life building concepts and ideas to use at later dates, thus setting a precedent for a work’s originality.