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Avatar director Cameron accused over screenplay

Published on Jan 24, 2013 7:40 AM
 
A United States (US) judge ordered director James Cameron to hand over drafts of the screenplay for Avatar on Wednesday, to lawyers for a man claiming he wrote the script on which the 3-D blockbuster was based. -- PHOTO: STARHUB

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A United States (US) judge ordered director James Cameron to hand over drafts of the screenplay for Avatar on Wednesday, to lawyers for a man claiming he wrote the script on which the 3-D blockbuster was based.

Mr Eric Ryder is seeking compensation from Cameron and his production company Lightstorm Entertainment, claiming that the 2009 Oscar-nominated film is based on a story he wrote called K.R.Z. 2068. He filed a lawsuit in December 2011, saying he spent two years developing the story. On Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Alan Rosenfield ordered Cameron's lawyers to turn over screenplay drafts.

"We have to be careful and sensitive about ideas and information," said the judge.

But he denied a request by Mr Ryder's lawyers to grant access to the personal calendars of Cameron and Jon Landau, the chief operating officer of Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment Inc.

 
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