Taking on all the Na’avi’s is such a smart idea! Kelly Van is the author of a book called, “Sheila the Warrior: The Damned”, which was published online. And she’s claiming that James Cameron stole the idea for Avatar from it.
She’s spouting that 20th Century Fox was in on it too, and in court papers, claims that everything was copied. From the plot to the characters, especially their, “physique, demeanor, attire, emotions and powers/rituals.” Van’s characters are blue with yellow eyes, too. She’s going as far as to allege that Cameron’s “settings” and “scenes” are ripped off from her story as well.
Van’s work is a science-fiction piece where her characters travel to Tibet where baddie “bloodsuckers” are attempting to overthrow the peace. In her Tibet, “the concept of killing” is alien. Using Tibet as a space is hardly original, though, now is it? It’s a Buddhist land, and the “concept of killing” amongst the people, is alien according to the religion’s scriptures. Violence came in when China decided to overthrow the country causing His Holiness The Dalai Lama to flee to India. Her plot sounds like a metaphor to us!
Cameron claims he’s never even heard her story, and isn’t particularly worried about the suit. Chris Petrikin, a spokesman for Fox stated, “It’s absolutely baseless. Jim Cameron’s treatment for Avatar was written before Ms Van alleges she even started to write her book.
One of the major disputes is this: a studio source says that a completed script for the film was given in 1998. Van’s lawyer, Kevin Mirch, disagrees, saying, “We did a lot of research, and the copyright says ‘Avatar’ was copyrighted on April 1 of 2007. The date of [Van's] creation was in 2000, and it was published on the Internet in 2003.”
Outlining more of the beef he added, “Avatar was done much later. It’s just contrary to what they said to us – which they did in a very rude manner. [Cameron's] lawyer wrote us a letter saying they would go after our law firm and our client if it wasn’t dismissed immediately. To have letters that say they’re going to sue us and they’re going to bankrupt us is bad business.” We’ll be watching how this particular script unfurls! ‘Cause the Na’avi won’t take it lying down.
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