AVATAR VS TERRA INCOGNITA
Malak, owner of many restaurants in Vancouver, is making a lawsuit against the Hollywood director James Cameron for copyright infringement. Emil Malak claims that Cameron and the film studio violated copyright by borrowing 45 elements of Malak's sci-fi script, Terra Incognita, also including the names of the characters, their personalities, their visual looks and the blue planet with a Life Tree that Malak says he created in 1997.
He claims he sent the script in 2002 to Cameron's company, Lightstorm Entertainment. Malak has already filed a
copyright infringement lawsuit two years ago in B.C. Supreme Court, which he dropped after the film studio's representatives said they could produce evidence that the Avatar script was written in 1996.
However, Malak has renewed his lawsuit, but this time in the Federal Court of Canada. During an interview, Malak said that he was sent a photo of the first page of Cameron's script, which was dated 1996. However, his computer experts disagreed and claimed the file was created in 2009 and was backdated. "I've been asking for the
original computer file for two years" Malak said in an interview at his new Bellaggio Cafe located at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Now, Malak is going to ask a judge to have the original computer file disclosed, noting his
entire claim rests on producing the computer file. Malak says, he wants $100 million from James Cameron.
Malak claims he spent $100,000 developing his content, talking about mining a precious mineral on another planet and encountering indigenous aliens that resemble those in Avatar. Malak's 'blue planet' also has dragons and something called the a Life Tree, where the collective memories of the indigenous species are embedded, similar to the Home Tree in Avatar.
Malak hired a screenwriter and graphic artist to develop the script and characters. He wrote Terra Incognita for his children, he said. Cameron must have read Malak's script because the similarities to Avatar are very strange to be a coincidence.
Malak has created a website
(tiuniverse.com) to allow the public to make their own comparisons to his work
and Avatar. Emil Malak is not going away.