Harlan Ellison wrote 2 episodes for "Outer Limits." One of these episodes, "Soldier," won a Writers Guild award. It was adapted from his 1957 short story, "Soldier from Tomorrow," published in Fantastic Universe magazine.
"Harlan Ellison contended that inspiration for James Cameron's Terminator had come in part from Ellison's work on The Outer Limits. [The "Soldier" episode."]. Cameron conceded the influence. Ellison was awarded money and an end-credits mention in The Terminator (1984), stating the creators' wish "to acknowledge the works of Harlan Ellison". Cameron was against Orion's decision and was told that if he did not agree with the settlement, they would have Cameron pay for any damages if Orion lost Ellison's suit. Cameron replied that he "had no choice but to agree with the settlement. There was a gag order as well." " Wiki
We're talking James Cameron of "Terminator," "Aliens," "Rambo," "Titanic," and "Avatar" fame. And the studio executives told him to stand down. We're talking about a movie whose title has entered the cultural lexicon. Ellison not only got money, he got his name in the credits.
This isn't the first time Harlan Ellison has filed a lawsuit. He usually settles out of court. Some writers get paid $15,000 advances for writing 100,000 novels. Others get at 5 or 6 figures by writing 4 words: "See you in court."
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