It seems that the independent film from Fathom Productions is gaining an extremely bizarre afterlife.
As science fiction fans know, 20th Century Fox has invested heavily into James Cameron’s first dramatic film in a dozen years, . The studio started issuing sneak previews as of this Thursday. Cineastes with more comprehensive knowledge are all starting to point out one interesting note, a number of scenes from the Cameron epic bare more than an uncanny likeness to the Fathom film, which as previously noted, had bombed at the box office last holiday season.
In fact, the site Movieline has pointed out seven direct parallels between the two films, including:
Both feature male alien leads
Both films also feature tough but emotional female alien counterparts
The females in both films like to fly on lizard-like beasts.
Both films feature flying crafts battling in fields of floating rocks.
Both films feature the male lead being attacked by big fanged beasts
Both films feature a scene with alien armies yelling out battle cries
Both films have the male and female, who are fundamentally different, falling for each other.
There is also parallel scene where the male is surrounded by what looks like floating living light creatures.
“I don’t think Cameron in any way intentionally went and ripped off my movie,” says Fathom Productions founder and creator Marc Adler. “About the only thing I can think of is that he might have hired some of the same animators that I previously employed on .”
Adler admits he hasn’t seen the previews himself, and as of press time was trying hard to get to see a preview to judge himself.
“I’ve been getting a lot of emails from people calling Cameron’s film ‘Delgo 2,’” he said.
At the core though, there is one key plot difference between and .
Adler’s film is about two different races on one planet competing with each other for land. Cameron’s film, as described in the IMDB, is about:
“Jake Sully (Worthington) is a paraplegic war veteran who is brought to the planet Pandora to participate in a program designed to help him walk again. The program introduces him to his avatar, a creature whose genetics are half human and half Na'vi, a sentient humanoid race who inhabit Pandora. In time, Jake will find himself in the middle of an escalating conflict between the two races.”
Based on the screening of preview footage of , the opening does seem to be quite original. Based on what was seen the ending of the film then turns into, of all things, . Others who have seen the film have also compared it to a number of other films, ranging from to .
“I think the irony here is I did a totally independent film for barely $30 million and I was trashed,” says Adler. “Cameron will do a film for ten times that amount and will probably end up being praised.”
A Fox rep at the screening had no comment as of press time.