Angelina Jolie has allegedly taken something that wasn't hers. Insert Brad Pitt joke here. Hey oh!
Angelina made her directorial debut with the weighty film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, and now she's being sued for copyright violation.
Croatian journalist James Braddock claims the Oscar-winner's upcoming movie is based on his 2007 book, The Subject Work. Braddock filed the lawsuit in a federal court in Illinois, where he claims that he met with producer Edin Sarkic, who is now working on Angelina's movie.
Braddock says he and Sarkic met several times in 2008 to discuss the possibility of his book's subject being adapted for the big screen. Apparently "possibility" meant just taking it and hoping the writer would never find out.
Braddock claims that he and the producer discussed the book in detail, which, just like In the Land of Blood and Honey, focuses on the story of a female prisoner and Serbian soldier, “including plot and character development and the story's cultural significance and historical accuracy."
So pretty much the whole book, then. I look forward to Angelina Jolie's next movie, War and Peace, as well as The Catcher in the Rye and The Fountainhead.
The writer is now seeking an injunction to stop the film from being released on its scheduled date, December 23. He's also seeking damages in an unspecified amount.
Kinda puts a damper on your career as a director. It hasn't been a smooth year for Angelina. Not too long ago, she and Brad Pitt were also sued for $87,566 in an unfair dismissal case by their former secretary Ana Charlotiaux. Charlotiaux worked at the couple's Chateau Miraval estate in the South of France until February 2010.
At a hearing regarding the case, Ana's lawyer Emmanuel Ludot said: "She is not asking for much - just fair compensation for wrongful dismissal."
He added: "This money is a drop in the ocean for these stars. She has nothing against them personally, and says she was always treated well by them, but they did not step in to prevent her being dismissed.”
You can sue someone for having a lot of money and not helping you with something?
Problems aside, Angelina and Brad stepped out for the premiere of In the Land of Blood and Honey Monday night in New York. Jolie said of her experience working on the film:
"I listened to my cast, most of whom lived through the war. I listened to their stories and tried to incorporate it into the work."