There is a good chance you’re familiar with Dean’s work as he has designed album covers for bands Yes and Asia. Dean is claiming that Cameron is also familiar with his work by asserting that Cameron copied his ideas for the 2009 record-breaking film Avatar.
Specifically, Dean has accused Cameron of “willful and deliberate copying, dissemination, and exploitation” as he believes that Cameron incorporated some of his original work into Avatar.
Avatar dethroned Titanic as the highest-grossing film in history boasting profits of more than 2.8 billion dollars worldwide. In case you’re behind, that means that James Cameron beat James Cameron as he was also behind the mega-hit Titanic.
Dean claims that Cameron “studied and referenced his art in preparation for the film.” Dean continues to allege that, “the similarities of each such work are substantial, continuing, and direct so as to rule out any accidental copying or similarity in the scenes common to the genre.”
Dean specifically references paintings that he created over a span of forty years of arches in the sky and floating islands were plagiarized by Cameron; and that the Home Tree and Tree of Life of the Na’vi, Avatar’s blue, “alien” race, were suspiciously similar to Dean’s pieces Floating Jungle and Pathway. Cameron has stated in the past that he originally came up with Avatar’s plot way back in 1995.
Dean is not the first to claim that Cameron “borrowed” some of his originals ideas. Screenwriter Bryant Moore claimed that bits of his work had been used in Avatar earlier this year, and two separate judgments went in Cameron’s favor last year for similar suits.
Avatar is set to have two sequels, the first of which is due for December of 2014 with the second a mere twelve months later.