After a lawsuit was filed against Angelina Jolie for her directorial debut, In The Land of Blood and Honey, the actress is claiming she has “never seen” the book she allegedly stole from.
Also, she’s trying to tell us that this kind of thing happens with every movie. Croatian journalist James Braddock is suing the actress-turned-director for copyright violation, as he claims the movie is an adaptation of his book, The Soul Shattering, which he published in 2007.
“It’s par for the course,” Jolie said, dismissing the claim. If you, like me, have never heard that phrase, it basically means, sh-t happens. There’s also an Urban Dictionary definition, but I won’t repeat it.
Anyway, Jolie told the Los Angeles Times, “It happens on every film."
Well, I don’t know about that. But Angelina admits she did pull her inspiration for the movie from other sources.
“There are many books and documentaries that I did pull from," she said. "It's a combination of many people's stories. But that particular book I've never seen."
Braddock claims he met with Jolie’s producer, Edin Sarkic, who worked on In The Land of Blood and Honey. According to Braddock, he and Sarkic met several times in 2008 to talk about making his book into a film.
Like Jolie’s movie, The Soul Shattering documents a love story between a female prisoner and a Serbian soldier, "including plot and character development and the story's cultural significance and historical accuracy.”
In the Land f Blood and Honey is set to release on December 23. Um…just in time for the holidays? But Braddock is seeking an injunction to block the film’s scheduled release. He’s also seeking unspecified damages.
The movie premiered in New York earlier this week, and this isn’t the only controversy surrounding it. After erroneous reports were published that the film includes scenes of a Bosnian rape victim falling in love with her attacker, Bosnian women were up in arms.
"I felt sympathy for people for whom these issues are so sensitive," Jolie said during the controversy. "But when you're coming at something because you care so much about an area, especially women in that area, as I was, and you know the themes of the film are violence against women, then to be accused of the opposite hurts. You feel a little sickened by it."