How To Train Your Dragon, Lost In Translation, The Professional, The English Patient, Alien, District 9, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, Avengers, The Incredibles
All Time Worst Movies:
Avatar (I cannot stress this enough), Transformers (any of them), Twilight (any of them), Eragon
Favorite Actors or Actresses:
Audrey Hepburn, Karen Allen, Scarlett Johansson, Marion Cotillard, Robert Downey Jr, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jeff Bridges, Christian Bale, Bill Murray, Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Hugo Weaving, Jean Reno
Christopher Nolan, Chris Sanders, Andrew Stanton, Sofia Coppola
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The thing is human thought is remarkably simple and predictable! All the writers are guys with average or slightly above average intelligence who followed what they thought was a path leading to an intelligent sci-fi story!
First step: Here's an idea for a sci-fi movie, guy transfers his mind to a new body.
Next step: Why does it have to be a human body why can't it be an alien body.
Next step: Q - Why would a man need to be in an alien body?
Next step: A - Because he's trying to live in an environment a human can't survive in.
Next step: This planet must be as unlike Earth s possible.
Next step: A gas giant like Jupiter will do, Pluto is just a small cold Earth!
Next step: He can't just go there and do the job, he needs an arc.
Next step: He goes there and likes it there and wants to stay in his new body!
Next step: Yeah the future Earth he came from is a dump!
Next step: He meets a girl, they fall in love and it's his new home.
Next step: But there has to be something wrong with his old body.
Next step: Maybe he's got glasses and really bad acne!
Next step: So do most of the audience!
Next step: No he's in a wheelchair!
Next step: Ok, now all I need are names and creature designs.
The creature designs are really a question of individual tastes, no-one copied anyone they just each went through the motions. (Let's leave the conspiracy theories for the conspiracy nuts!) :D
As for Ellison, his behaviour, though disgusting and dishonourable are logical, he can't sue Cameron because he has no Avatar-like story to claim copyright breach (that I know of). But let's say that he did,Cameron can hire bigger badder lawyers than Ellison can at this point in time. Ellison can take on the director and writer of a small movie no-one has heard of and since it's not a remake, no-one can say they're following a story that was copyrighted long ago!
It's basically the school bully picking on the kid he thinks has money, whom he thinks he can take on! :(